Washington: There was no way he could have pulled the United States out of Afghanistan without the chaos that ensued, US President Joe Biden has said.
“I don’t think it could have been handled in a way that, we’re gonna go back in hindsight and look – but the idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” Biden told the media on Wednesday.
“When you had the government of Afghanistan, the leader of that government, get in a plane taking off and going to another country; when you saw the significant collapse of the Afghan troops we had trained, up to 300,000 of them, just leaving their equipment and taking off – that was, you know, I’m not, that’s what happened. That’s simply what happened,” Biden said.
Commenting on his first reaction to the pictures and videos showing chaotic scenes at the Kabul airport, Biden said his first thought was “to gain control of this.”
“We have to move this more quickly. We have to move in a way in which we can take control of that airport. And we did,” Biden said.