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Trump is correct: Our exit from Afghanistan is lengthy overdue

My newest in PJ Media:

President Trump is withdrawing significant numbers of troops from Afghanistan, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is furious. According to the AP, McConnell warned “of a potentially” humiliating “withdrawal from Afghanistan that would be worse than the reminder of President Barack Obama’s 2011 withdrawal from Iraq and the US withdrawal from Saigon in 1975.” Not to be outdone, said Rep. Michael McCaul, Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “We must ensure that a residual force is maintained for the foreseeable future to protect US national and national security interests and to keep peace for.” Secure Afghanistan. “But McConnell and McCaul advocate a failed policy. It has been a long time since you left Afghanistan.

In his State of the Union address on February 5, 2019, President Trump stated: “As a presidential candidate, I have committed to a new approach. Great nations don’t wage endless wars. “The epitome of the need to do this came when Trump first ended America’s longest endless war, the war in Afghanistan, with a treaty with the group that the US invaded Afghanistan in February 2020 to overthrow the Taliban . The ink The signed document was still fresh when the Taliban launched a new attack against Afghan government forces that killed twenty Afghan soldiers and police officers.

The attack was a fitting symbol of the fruitlessness of these endless wars and the bankruptcy of the assumptions and policies that led to their being waged.

After all these years, we have little to show for all of our endeavors in what is ominously dubbed the “graveyard of the rich”. The US has sacrificed the lives of numerous heroic service members and wasted trillions for nearly two decades in hopes of making Afghanistan a stable, Western-style republic that respects the human rights of all of its citizens. For the architects of our intervention, this is still the plan: a foreign policy establishment advised patience and said Afghanistan “will not become Switzerland overnight,” a fact as evident as Joe Biden’s dementia.

Great. We now know after almost twenty years that it won’t happen overnight, but how long exactly will it take? Proponents of endless intervention have no clear answer to this question. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said in late 2019: “We will never get the US military out of Afghanistan unless we are careful to see that something is going on that provides the stability necessary for our exit. ”

All right, but what does it take? Do Rumsfeld, McConnell, and McCaul really believe that after nearly twenty years, another year, or five more years, or ten more years the job will be done?

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