Biden says Afghanistan war was a lost cause, vows to continue aid and diplomacy

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Monday afternoon defended his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, his first remarks since the Taliban ousted the Afghan national government on Sunday."I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years I've learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces," Biden said in a memorable speech delivered from the East Room of the White House."I am president of the United States of America. The buck stops with me," he added.The president's remarks came amid mounting criticism of his administration's handling of the situation, as chaos engulfed parts of Kabul and the civilian government collapsed."The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we anticipated," Biden said of the lighting offensive by the Taliban, which captured the entire country in less than two weeks.Still, Biden said his resolve had not wavered, and the past week has effectively proven that 20 years of war have not produced an Afghan
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