President Joe Biden doesn’t believe that the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan can be chalked up as a failure.
Days after his defensive address from the White House—in which he attempted to shift the blame for the Taliban takeover to Donald Trump’s dealmaking and the Afghans’ reluctance to fight for their country—the president backed himself again on Good Morning America.
Speaking to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Biden said no one anticipated the ferocity of the Taliban’s offensive that saw them take over the country in little over the space of a week. Asked if that was a failure of “intelligence, planning, execution, or judgment,” Biden hit back: “Look, I don’t think it was a failure. Look, it was a simple choice, George.”