We delivered justice to bin Laden a decade ago, and we’ve stayed in Afghanistan for a decade since. Since then, our reasons for remaining in Afghanistan have become increasingly unclear, even as the terrorist threat that we went to fight evolved. I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans, two Democrats — I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth. After consulting closely with our allies and partners, with our military leaders and intelligence personnel, with our diplomats and our development experts, with the Congress and the vice president, as well as with Mr. Ghani and many others around the world, I’ve concluded that it’s time to end America’s longest war. So in keeping with that agreement and with our national interests, the United States will begin our final withdrawal, begin it, on May 1 of this year. We’ll not conduct a hasty rush to the exit. We’ll do it, we’ll do it responsibly, deliberately and safely, and we will do it in full coordination with our allies and partners who now have more forces in Afghanistan than we do. And the Taliban should know that if they attack us as we draw down, we will defend ourselves and our partners with all the tools at our disposal.