Critics of President Biden’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan need to answer an important question: Why do you believe that more time in the region will lead to mission success?
Years of considering this question has led me to conclude that we are not moving toward victory. In fact, we are sacrificing blood and treasure toward a mission in which we no longer know what “success” even looks like.
As a 14-year veteran of the Air Force, and now member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I have extensive insights regarding the security situation in Afghanistan. And it is these unique experiences and insights, not political winds, that have shaped my position on America’s longest war:
Every year, security in the region gets worse and not better.
Every year, resentment and anger at the U.S. presence grows.
Every year, we sacrifice our blood and treasure for a nation that has a seeming inability, and in some instances a proven disinterest, in securing its own future.
Last year, President Trump was right in making the decision to bring our troops home. This year, President Biden is right in saying that, “Rather than return to war with the Taliban, we have to focus on the challenges that are in front of us.”
I encourage and support this decision, regardless of whether an “R” or “D” resides next to their name.
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