(TargetLiberty.org) – Former defense secretary Mark Esper, who President Trump fired last week, was dragging his heels on the president’s goal of pulling out the last US troops from Afghanistan. Now his replacement has hired an adviser who fully supports the withdrawal.
When President Trump took office in 2017, one of his goals was to bring home as many American troops as possible. Since then he’s managed to reduce our deployed forces significantly – but not completely.
The U.S. went into Afghanistan because of anti-U.S. terrorism, not to solve long-standing intra-Afghan strife.
Counterterrorism will continue without a permanent deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
All U.S. military forces should withdraw. https://t.co/gMyR43ZAyX
— Defense Priorities (@defpriorities) November 12, 2020
Now, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has hired retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor as a senior advisor, in a clear sign that President Trump’s withdrawal plans will be carried out by the time his term ends in January. Macgregor has been a frequent critic of involvement in wars that don’t serve America’s interests, and says there’s “no point” in talking to the Taliban. Now, he hopes he can bring the last 4,500 US troops in the unstable country home to their families – if not by Christmas, then in the first weeks of the new year.
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