President Joe Biden rejected recommendations from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to gradually withdraw U.S. service members from Afghanistan, according to a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
News outlet CNN obtained a copy of the book, “Peril,” before its Sept. 21 release.
“Previously, (Blinken) had been foursquare with Biden for a full withdrawal,” the authors write. “His new recommendation was to extend the mission with U.S. troops for a while to see if it could yield a political settlement. Buy time for negotiations.”
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