Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis raised safety issues over the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, because the U.S. started its final drawdown of military forces there on Thursday.
“We’re now down to 2,500 American troops, very small number,” mentioned Starvridis. “I think it continues to be an opportunity to put pressure on the Taliban, get a political settlement, and I’m concerned that pulling them out will cause a collapse in the Afghan security forces.”
President Joe Biden determined to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, after 20 years of U.S. navy intervention within the nation. The Trump administration initially pledged to be out of the war-torn nation by May 1st, however Biden pushed the date again.
Former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice reportedly said they’re worried about Biden’s withdrawal plan. Rice even went so far as to counsel the U.S. could must return in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. Stavridis agreed with Rice throughout a Friday night interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”
“Let’s remember, we went there to crush terrorism, which had attacked us,” mentioned Stavridis, the previous supreme allied commander for NATO. “It’s entirely possible it could reflash, not only Taliban but also Al Qaeda, now the Islamic State. We’d better be prepared to come back in there if we have to.”
Starvridis informed host Shepard Smith that whereas he understands the sense of Afghan fatigue, it’s not uncommon to maintain U.S. troops overseas. He famous that there are 35,000 troops in South Korea and 50,000 troops stationed in Europe.
Stavridis urged maintaining between 3,000-2,000 troops in Afghanistan to “maintain what we’ve done” and to “avoid a resurgence of terrorism, which could strike us again.”
The White House didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
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