Biden’s 9/11 Anniversary Speech at the Pentagon

“We will never forget, we will never give up,” Biden said. “Our commitment to preventing another attack on the United States is unending.”

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden celebrated the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks, laid a wreath at the Pentagon in a somber commemoration in the steady rain, and paid tribute to “extraordinary Americans” who gave their lives on one of the nation’s darkest days.

Sunday’s ceremony came just over a year after Biden ended the long and costly war in Afghanistan that the US and its allies started in response to the terrorist attacks.

Biden noted that even after the United States left Afghanistan, his administration continues to pursue those responsible for the September 11 attacks. Last month, Biden announced that the US had killed Ayman al-Zawari, the al-Qaeda leader involved in planning the September 11 attacks, in a covert operation.

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“We will never forget, we will never give up,” Biden said. “Our commitment to preventing another attack on the United States is unending.”

The President was joined by family members of the fallen, first responders who had been at the Pentagon on the day of the attack, and Department of Defense leadership for the annual memorial event in New York City, the Pentagon, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

“We owe you an incredible, incredible debt,” Biden said.

With the end of the Afghan war, the Democratic president has kept a campaign promise to bring US troops home from Afghanistan the longest conflict in the country. But the war ended chaotically in August 2021, when The US-backed Afghan government collapseda grisly bomb attack killed 170 Afghans and 13 US troops at Kabul Airportand thousands of desperate Afghans rallied in hopes of escaping before the last US cargo planes took off over the Hindu Kush.

Biden marked the one-year anniversary of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan late last month in a low-key manner. He made a statement honoring the 13 US troops killed in the Kabul airport bombing spoke to US veterans over the phone Supporting ongoing efforts to resettle Afghans involved in the war effort in the United States.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday criticized Biden’s handling of the war, noting that the country is once again in a downward spiral Taliban rule since the US withdrawal.

“Now, a year after the catastrophe of last August, the devastating magnitude of the fallout from President Biden’s decision has come into sharper focus,” McConnell said. “Afghanistan has become a global pariah economy has shrunk by almost a third. Half the population is now suffering from critical levels of food insecurity.”

first lady Jill Biden will be speaking at the Flight 93 National Memorial Observance in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sunday. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband attended a memorial ceremony at the National September 11th Memorial in New York. Biden’s 9/11 Anniversary Speech at the Pentagon

Laura Coffey

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