April 8, 2013

We Can't Leave Afghanistan Now When We're So Close to Achieving Our Goal of Staying There Forever


By DONALD RUMSFELD, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

With American troops scheduled to leave Afghanistan in December of 2014, we are going in a dangerous direction in the Middle East, leaving that country in a perilous position in the region, the Afghans floundering for direction, and our standing in the world in question. The timing of the move is also incredibly troubling. President Obama has made the decision to remove troops just as we’re finally within reach of achieving the goal me and the Bush administration set forth from the beginning: leaving our troops in that country until the end of time.

We have already made the same mistake in Iraq. After already spending a trillion dollars and expending thousands of American lives, the only logical thing to do would have been to leave our military there to see the conflict through to the end, which of course doesn’t exist.