Joe Biden speech 'a punch in the gut' says Baheer
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Robert O’Neill, who claims he shot and killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, has unleashed a furious Twitter tirade in which he called President Joe Biden a “disaster”, adding: “This is the worst loss in American history. Our most popular president has vanished. Prove me wrong.”
The former soldier also called for the resignation of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley. Mr O’Neill said: “There are Afghans falling to their deaths off of our retreating aircraft. Has @thejointstaff resigned yet?”
At least seven people were thought to have died as chaos erupted at Kabul airport on Monday.
Fatalities included those who fell from a plane after it took off and two gunmen who were shot by US troops.
Others are said to have died in a stampede as desperate Afghans clung to a taxiing military transport plane on the runway.
In a speech on Monday, President Biden defended his decision to pull US troops from Afghanistan.
He said: “I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years I have learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw US forces. That is why we are still there.”
He continued: “I am deeply saddened by the facts we now face, but I do not regret my decision to end America’s warfighting in Afghanistan.
“I cannot and will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country’s civil war.”
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Commenting on President Biden’s speech, Professor Obaidullah Baheer, lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan, told Sky News: “What I heard in his speech was ‘I’ll punch you in the gut then I will tell you the amazing things I did after punching you.’
“The way the United States played out this withdrawal, his red herrings, his misdirecting the population, telling them withdrawal was a necessity- It was the way it was conducted that had to be talked about and that’s something he’s ignoring. Where is the sense of responsibility towards the Afghan people?”
Republican Senator Mitt Romney also criticised the President in a tweet that said: “The president’s failure to acknowledge his disastrous withdrawal provides no comfort to Americans or our Afghan partners whose lives hang in the balance.”
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