Sen. Lankford addresses U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan one year later

Monday marks one year since the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war.

While President Biden was not the first to talk about ending the 20-year war, the handling of the final evacuations has been heavily criticized.

The United States had planned to leave behind about 650 troops to secure its embassy in Kabul. But the sudden and shocking Taliban victory forced the embassy into a swift shutdown.

“This did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated,” Mr. Biden said in a speech on Aug. 16, adding that he stood by his decision to end the war.

Days of chaos at the airport were punctuated by a suicide attack Aug. 26 that killed as many as 180 people, including 13 American troops.

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement:

“Today marks a solemn one-year anniversary for our nation. A year ago today, the US was humiliated on the world stage when thousands of American citizens and allies were left behind in Afghanistan. We remember well the images of desperation and the pain of our nation as we watched the chaos erupt in Afghanistan. As a nation, we honor the 13 Americans who gave their lives protecting the lives of others.

“Today, the Taliban celebrates their dominance over the people of Afghanistan. Women can no longer go to school, people do not have the basic freedoms most of the world enjoys, and economic opportunity is limited to a privileged few in Taliban leadership. The botched withdrawal from Afghanistan stands as a reminder of the importance of strong American leadership in the world.”