- Sep 28, 2010
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Senator Warren: (02:03:03)No one advised that. Your desperation is palpable.
Okay. So the military planned the evacuation. Did President Biden follow your advice on executing on the evacuation plan?
Sec. Austin: (02:03:12)
Senator Warren: (02:03:15)
Did President Biden give you all the resources that you needed?
Sec. Austin: (02:03:21)
From my view, he did.
Senator Warren: (02:03:22)
Did President Biden ignore your advice on the evacuation at he point?
Sec. Austin: (02:03:30)
No Senator, he did not.
Senator Warren: (02:03:32)
Did he refuse any request for anything that you needed or asked for?
Sec. Austin: (02:03:37)
Senator Warren: (02:03:38)
So the President followed the advice of his military advisors in planning and executing this withdrawal. As we’ve already established, the seeds for our, or in Afghanistan were planted many, many years ago. So let me ask you one more question, Secretary Austin, knowing what you know now, if we had stayed in Afghanistan for another year, would it have made a fundamental difference?
Sec. Austin: (0205)
Again, it depends on what size you remain in at, and what your objectives are. There are a range of possibilities, but if you stayed there at a forced posture of 2,500, certainly you’d be in a fight with the Taliban, and you’d have to reinforce yourself.