April 13, 2021

Warren Statement on Announcement to Withdraw American Troops From Afghanistan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding President Biden's plans to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021:

"I strongly support President Biden's commitment to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan. September 11, 2021 will mark nearly 20 years of our presence there and while our withdrawal comes years late, President Biden recognizes the reality that our continued presence there does not make the U.S. or the world safer. Year after year, military leaders told Congress and the American people that we were finally turning the corner in Afghanistan, but ultimately we were only turning in a vicious circle.

For nearly 20 years, we have adopted a costly war-based approach to national security and counterterrorism policy with no clear endgame. This strategy has damaged the United States' reputation worldwide, undermined our security, devastated the Middle East, and cost the lives of thousands of servicemembers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans. It's time to bring our troops home."