White House Takes Responsibility for Afghanistan Chaos

President Biden and his national security team are “taking responsibility” for “every decision” the U.S. government took with respect to Afghanistan, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday, while maintaining that the administration will remain “persistently vigilant” against the terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland.

Sullivan, during a briefing with reporters at the White House Tuesday, was asked whether the president took responsibility for the “chaos” in Afghanistan after the fall of the country to the Taliban. He called the scenes at Kabul’s airport Monday “heartbreaking.”

“The president is taking responsibility for every decision the U.S. government took with respect to Afghanistan, because, as he said, the buck stops with him,” Sullivan said, adding that he, as national security adviser, is “also taking responsibility.”

“And so are my colleagues – the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, directors of the intelligence agencies,” Sullivan said. “We, as a national security team, collectively take responsibility for every decision – good decisions – every decision that doesn’t produce perfect outcomes.”

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