WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the Sept. 11 attacks “cannot explain” why U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan 20 years later as he explains the timeline for ending America’s longest war.
Biden plans a speech to the nation later Wednesday and the White House has released excerpts of the address.
Biden says the U.S. cannot continue to pour resources into an intractable war and expect different results.
Biden says, “I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.”
By LOLITA C. BALDOR and ELLEN KNICKMEYER