Making the Case for America’s Mission in Afghanistan

Event Middle East
Event Middle East

January 28, 2020 Making the Case for America’s Mission in Afghanistan

Any timeline for a U.S. troop withdrawal must be dictated by U.S. national interests and conditions on the ground, not an artificial political timetable.

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Keynote Remarks by

General

John M. “Jack” Keane

U.S. Army (Ret.)

Former Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army

Description

The situation in Afghanistan in 2020 is a far cry from what it was when the U.S. invaded in response to the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Still, any timeline for a U.S. troop withdrawal must be dictated by U.S. national interests and conditions on the ground, not an artificial political timetable. Any withdrawal that is driven by politics would be a grave strategic error. So, too, would be a bad deal with the Taliban, or one that does not directly involve the Afghan government. Any of these scenarios would have long-term negative consequences for the people of Afghanistan and for U.S. interests in the region.

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