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Chris Wallace confronts Jake Sullivan on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites challenges in Iraq

Chris Wallace confronts Jake Sullivan on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites challenges in Iraq

4/18/2021 8:22:00 PM

Chris Wallace confronts Jake Sullivan on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites challenges in Iraq

The Fox News anchor pointed out that Biden was 'just as confident back in 2011 about pulling all U.S. forces out of Iraq .'

Sullivan responded by saying that Biden"is not going to take his eye off the ball" when it comes to the threat of terrorism. The national security adviser reiterated that Biden plans to"maintain capabilities in the region to be able to deal with any threat that reconstitutes." He noted that the intelligence community has said the U.S. will have"months of warning" ahead of any serious threat from Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups targeting the country.

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The White House aide pointed out that the threat from terrorism has shifted in the two decades since 2001, pointing to conflict situations in the Middle East and East Africa."To really protect this country from a terrorist threat, we need to reallocate our resources and capabilities across a range of countries and continents, not just focus them on Afghanistan," he said.

Sullivan noted that the Biden administration plans to continue to provide"civilian and humanitarian assistance" to protect women's rights in the South Asian nation as well.Pushing back, Wallace pointed out that Biden was"just as confident back in 2011 about pulling all U.S. forces out of Iraq." The Fox News host then played a clip of Biden in December 2011 praising the drawdown of U.S. troops from the Middle Eastern nation. headtopics.com

"Jake, you know what happened as well as I do. ISIS grew. Ended up seizing 40 percent of the territory of Iraq and the U.S. ended up having to send back 5,000 troops because they left too early. Can you guarantee that that won't happen in Afghanistan?" Wallace asked.

"I can tell you that President Biden has no intention of sending forces back to Afghanistan," the White House adviser said."But at the same time he has no intention of taking our eye off the ball. We have the capacity from re-positioning our capabilities over the horizon to continue to suppress the terrorist threat in Afghanistan. I can't make any guarantees about what will happen inside the country. No one can. All the United States could do is provide the Afghan security forces, the Afghan government and the Afghan people resources and capabilities, training and equipping their forces, providing assistance to their government. We have done that and now it is time for American troops to come home and the Afghan people to step up to defend their own country."

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