WASHINGTON, DC – President Biden will not offer a live address to the people on the solemn 20th anniversary, but instead released a taped speech insulting Americans for attacking Muslims.
— All American Girl (@AIIAmericanGirI) September 11, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the President would not be delivering the traditional address because of his planned trips to the three sites of the attacks:
“The events are not set up that way. Because he’s attending an event with several other former presidents and of course former prominent officials in the morning in New York, in order to get to all of the events it just doesn’t work that way.”
A live speech would have proven difficult for the President following the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, which appeared more like a retreat as Americans became stranded and the Taliban regained control of the country and held a victory parade.
In taped remarks released Friday, President Biden recognized the loss America has suffered:
“To the families of the 2,977 people, from more than 90 nations, killed on Sept. 11, 2001, … and 1,000 more who were injured, America and the world commemorate you and your loved ones, the pieces of your soul.
“We honor all those who are risked and gave their lives in the minutes, hours, months and years afterwards. The firefighters, police officers, EMTs and construction workers, the doctors and nurses, faith leaders, service members, veterans, and all the everyday people who gave their all to rescue, recover and rebuild.”
IF JOE BIDEN SHOWS UP FOR ANY SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIALS AND GIVES A SPEECH IT WOULD BE FITTING TO TURN YOUR BACK ON HIM BECAUSE HE CUT AND RAN ABANDONING AMERICANS AND ALLIES IN AFGHANISTAN TO THE MERCY OF THE TALIBAN TERRIOSTS
POLICE GOT THEIR POINT ACROSS! DID WITH BILL DE BLASIO
— George M Fetz (@GeorgeFetz) September 11, 2021
The President then called for unity in a country he helped divide:
“(Americans witnessed) the darker forces of human nature: fear and anger, resentment and violence against Muslim Americans, true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion.
“To me, that’s the central lesson of Sept. 11th, is that at our most vulnerable — the push and pull of all that makes us human, and the battle for the soul of America — unity is our greatest strength.
“We find strength in its broken places, as Hemingway wrote. We find light in the darkness. We find purpose to repair, renew, and rebuild. And as my friend told me that September, 20 years ago: We must not be afraid.”
The attacks, which were planned by al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, saw four US passenger jets seized by suicide attackers. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City.
On September 11, 2021, please turn off your TV when POS Biden gives his speech on TV, lets send a message that no one cares to watch you. pic.twitter.com/qpK1FlvLsf
— James Accounting Service (@JASCPB) September 1, 2021
Another plane struck the Pentagon in Washington DC, and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back.
Flight 93 was brought down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers, who were aware of the other attacks, fought back against the terrorists. Before the plane crashed into a hillside, investigators believe it was targeting the U.S. Capitol.
At the time of the attacks, President Biden, then a senator, was outside of the Capitol. The passengers on Flight 93 may have saved his life and hundreds more.
Tragically, 2,997 innocent people were killed in the attacks.
President Biden is facing criticism from all sides for the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan this month, a withdrawal that resulted in a suicide bombing killing 13 U.S. service members.
Son of September 11 victim; Biden should not show his face at Ground Zerohttps://t.co/fTARmztaA8
— Little.Robin (@AlertSpeech) September 7, 2021
Many Americans are wondering what was gained from the 20-year war that was launch October 7, 2001, in response to the country refusing to turn over the September 11 attacks, Osama Bin Ladin.
The Taliban were forced from power in Afghanistan by a coalition of over 40 countries led by the United States. Bin Ladin was killed by American special forces in 2011 in neighboring Pakistan.
Brown University calculated the costs of the war. The war killed 176,000 people in Afghanistan; 46,319 civilians, 69,095 military and police and at least 52,893 opposition fighters.
Watch: Presidents Biden, Obama and Clinton arrive at Ground Zero https://t.co/gaRvdU9Mme
— The Independent (@Independent) September 11, 2021
Linda Bilmes of Harvard University’s Kennedy School and from the Brown University Costs of War project determined that 2,448 U.S. service members were killed in the war, along with 3,846 U.S. contractors.
Also killed were 444 aid workers and 72 journalists.
When American forces withdrew by August 31, 2001, the Taliban were back in power.
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Democrats block vote to require Biden to rescue all Americans, military equipment abandoned in Afghanistan
September 2, 2021
,WASHINGTON, DC – House Republicans are demanding accountability for the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Freedom Caucus is demanding the President resign.
President Biden’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by an August 31 deadline fell into chaos after Afghan security forces collapsed and the Taliban took hold of the country.
America needs answers on Afghanistan.
Since the White House either cherry-picks what questions to answer or completely fails to respond to questions, Republicans will continue to take all actions possible to investigate what went wrong and hold those responsible accountable. pic.twitter.com/a4ESTNOkJU
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) August 31, 2021
Biden’s plan left thousands of Americans and allied Afghans scrambling to escape the country before the deadline, and American military forces were forced to withdraw, leaving massive stockpiles of weapons and unknown numbers of Americans and Afghans who aided in the war effort behind.
In the logjam that formed at Kabul Airport, ISIS-K terrorists detonated two suicide bombs, killing nearly 160 Afghans and 13 American service members.
On Tuesday, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a Marine veteran who served in Iraq, attempted to bring a bill up for consideration during a pro forma session of the House to demand answers about President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Joe Biden has not been straight with the American people on Afghanistan, nor has he given us his plan to rescue stranded Americans. House Republicans are going to conduct oversight with or without Democrats' help because Americans deserve these answers. pic.twitter.com/6kC1eeNlT1
— Team McCaul (@McCaulforTexas) September 1, 2021
House Republicans also wanted to read the names of the 13 fallen service members into the record on the House floor.
Included in the bill was a request for the plan the administration has to get over 100 American citizens left behind in Afghanistan back home, a demand for an inventory of all equipment left behind, and transparency on any deals reached between the Taliban and the administration.
The bill also states that Congress believes the Taliban should not be recognized as the official government of Afghanistan.
The Democratic House chairman refused to recognize the Republicans and gaveled out the session without further action.
“How can you not read the names?” one member yelled. Another exclaimed: “Turn your back on our country.”
The move by the Democrat-controlled House did not surprise Republicans. The attempt to introduce the bill was primarily symbolic and was intended to gather support for the bill when the House returns to session on September 20.
At a press conference held following the session, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said:
“We listened to Gen. McKenzie say, ‘American troops have left Afghanistan, but we did not get out everybody we wanted to get out.’
“I heard the Pentagon say, ‘The time just wasn’t there to get more Americans out.’
“But let me be crystal clear. This isn’t the U.S. government’s timeline. It’s the Taliban’s timeline.”
‘Simple Question’: Kevin McCarthy Wants To Know How Biden Plans To Get Americans Out Of Afghanistan (Forbes Breaking News) https://t.co/hOe3qnJ86E
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at a press conference with other House Republicans about Afghanistan and a proposed bill to mand…
— Деловидение (@delovidenie) August 31, 2021
The last American troops departed Afghanistan on August 30, minutes before the deadline set by President Biden. After the withdrawal of American troops was completed, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby acknowledged that American citizens were left behind:
“Americans and other individuals that want to be able to leave Afghanistan after our withdrawal is complete, the State Department is going to continue to work across many different levers to facilitate that. We do not anticipate a military role in that.”
McCarthy then called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi for allowing the House to end the session with consideration of the bill:
“Now is not the time to act like you could not see us on the floor. Now is not the time to hide. We are a co-equal branch.”
McCarthy said that the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal was a massive failure:
“I believe right now we should get every American home. I believe there should be accountability for what I — what I see is probably the biggest failure in American government on the military stage in my lifetime.”
He followed up with:
“We can never make this mistake again.”
In a Tweet the same day, McCarthy wrote:
“Democrats just blocked a vote to require a plan from President Biden to bring Americans home and to account for all the military equipment he left behind.
“Republicans will not stop until every American is home safely.”
BREAKING → Democrats just blocked a vote to require a plan from President Biden to bring Americans home and to account for all the military equipment he left behind.
Republicans will not stop until every American is home safely. https://t.co/lM5tMpQz3D
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 31, 2021
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) said he plans to call the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to brief Congress on the failed withdrawal:
“Committee Republicans invited the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to brief Congress today, and I appreciate his willingness to come forward and his commitment to testify before the full Committee in the coming weeks.”
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