Today's D Brief: Biden on US leadership; China’s space station; Air Force One, delayed; Cost estimate jumps on interceptor; And a bit more.
By Ben Watson
April 29, 2021 10:30 AM ET
The D Brief
“American leadership means ending the forever war in Afghanistan,” President Joe Biden said in his first State of the Union address Wednesday evening, noting, “I’m the first President in 40 years who knows what it means to have a son serving in a warzone.”
“We went to Afghanistan to get terrorists,” the president said, “the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 — and we said we would follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell to do it… And we delivered justice to bin Laden. We degraded the terrorist threat of al Qaeda in Afghanistan. And after 20 years of value — valor and sacrifice, it’s time to bring those troops home.”
America will now lean on its “over-the-horizon capacity to suppress future threats to the homeland,” Biden said, referring to counterterrorism forces carrying out operations without a significant troop presence in countries like, e.g., Afghanistan and Somalia. https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/04/the-d-brief-april-29-2021/173695/