President Biden addressed the United States Monday afternoon about the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan. For the last 20 years, American men and women have fought to secure Afghanistan against the threat of terrorism. As the war evolved, so too did its mission: even after American troops killed the perpetrator of the terrorist attack on 9/11, Americans stayed in Afghanistan to continue fighting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and rebuilding the country.
And this warped mission is what President Biden made the focus of his Monday address. However, individuals on both sides of the aisle say the controversy begins somewhere else: It didn’t have to be like this, say Biden’s critics.