“As I stand here today, for the first time in 20 years the United States is not at war. We’ve turned the page,” Biden said in his first speech at United Nations General Assembly as president.
“All the unmatched strength, energy, commitment, will and resources of our nation are now completely and completely focused on what lies ahead of us, not what lies behind.” The Guardian, Wednesday (22/9/2021).
In support of his speech, Biden pledged to give developing countries $11 billion a year to support their response to the global climate emergency.
Biden made his presidential debut just weeks after a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, widely seen among UN member states as rushed for domestic political reasons, with little regard for Afghans left behind to confront the Taliban.
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In his speech, Biden sought to put the troop withdrawal in a broader and more positive historical perspective.
“We have ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, and as we close this period of relentless war, we are opening a new era of relentless diplomacy, using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of uplifting people around the world, renewing and defending democracy. ,” he said.
Biden insisted that the US would continue to defend itself and its allies, including stepping up counter-terrorism operations, but would be much more conservative in using force, to avoid falling back into protracted wars like those in Afghanistan and Iraq, which later became known in political parlance. US as “war forever”.