Hey, I know we all have our opinions, I respect your right as a human being to have yours, but in my opinion, though old, not loud or flashy or super eloquent, Joe Biden is by far my most favorite U.S president of my time. 

Why? Besides the fact that I, with every beat of my heart, believe he is a very honorable man, he is a good leader. He leads. He actually leads and he does it to get the job done, without fear. That’s what leaders are supposed to do. 

I love to hear Joe Biden’s addresses, speaking the truth, providing answers, telling us like it is, talking to all of us, not just some of us, not just his base. Being what a real leader should be. 

Making tough calls isn’t easy. Leaders may shy away from it, because tough calls can make a lot of people (voters) unhappy, you can’t please everyone at the same time. 

I thought Joe Biden’s address about Afghanistan was very strong and assertive. I appreciated that he stood by his decision and he explained why he made it. 

I also appreciated that he accepted the responsibility for how things are currently unfolding in Afghanistan, and admitted that  “this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated”

He informed us about the deal he inherited from his predecessor and the decisions he had to make as a result. He called out the Afghan leader and military for their lack of will to fight for their own country. 

I believe his speech hit the right notes, asked the right questions, like “How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghanistan’s civil war when Afghan troops will not?”

He also acknowledged the pain many people, “particularly for our veterans, our diplomats, humanitarian workers — for anyone who has spent time on the ground working to support the Afghan people, ….those who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan, and for Americans who have fought and served our country in Afghanistan,” would be experiencing watching these scenes unfold.

He promised “We will continue to support the Afghan people. We will lead with our diplomacy, our international influence and our humanitarian aid. We’ll continue to push for regional diplomacy and engagement to prevent violence and instability. We’ll continue to speak out for the basic rights of the Afghan people, of women and girls, just as we speak out all over the world.”

He laid out the current mission in Afghanistan and warned the Taliban  “If they attack our personnel or disrupt our operation, the U.S. presence will be swift, and the response will be swift and forceful. We will defend our people with devastating force if necessary.”

“I’m now the fourth American president to preside over war in Afghanistan. Two Democrats and two Republicans. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth president. I will not mislead the American people by claiming that just a little more time in Afghanistan will make all the difference. Nor will I shrink from my share of responsibility for where we are today and how we must move forward from here. I am president of the United States of America, and the buck stops with me.”

“I’m deeply saddened by the facts we now face. But I do not regret my decision to end America’s war-fighting in Afghanistan and maintain a laser focus on our counterterrorism mission, there and other parts of the world.”

I watched this speech,and I agree with everything said. I listened very carefully to his words, I heard his truth, assurances, promises, warnings, etc. I trust he will try to do what he says he will do to the best of his ability and power, because that’s what he has always done. I believe he is very capable of getting this done. It may be messy, in my opinion, it was never not going to be messy, but some leaders are better at cleaning up messes than others.  Let’s see what happens. 

Full transcript of President Biden’s remarks on Afghanistan (August 16th, 2021)