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Retired Gen Petraeus gives scathing review of Afghanistan exit but backs Biden’s Ukraine response

President Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal was fundamentally flawed, but his handling of Ukraine so far has been “very impressive,” according to former CIA director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus.

“I said that I feared that we would come to regret our decision to withdraw, however imperfect the situation was, however frustrating, however maddening, however many shortcomings our Afghan counterparts exhibited,” Petraeus told Fox News Digital in an interview via Zoom.

“I felt that that situation was likely to prove better than what would likely follow, and I fear that that was correct,” he said, faulting Biden for deciding to continue with former President Trump’s “very flawed agreement” with the Taliban. 

The Taliban assumed control of Kabul – and the country as a whole – after President Biden ordered a hasty withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan that ended on Aug. 30, 2021.

“We do have to keep in mind that all of this is connected,” Petraeus stressed to Fox News Digital. “If you’re trying to ensure that the elements of deterrence are solid in one part of the world, you have to recognize that what you do in another part may actually have an effect on that.”

“I think it’s crucial to continue to support Ukraine,” he said, adding that “just in an improved return on investment to be able to provide $44 billion to Ukraine and to see that together with the like amount from our European allies and partners and to see the Russian tank fleet degraded by over 60%, that’s a pretty considerable achievement on the part of our Ukrainian partners.”

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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