Skip to comments.Hoekstra: Obama’s Afghan Drawdown Opens Door to Taliban, Al-Qaida
Posted on 01/12/2013 11:56:43 AM PST by Olog-hai
President Barack Obamas decision on Friday to speed up the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan reopens the possibility of the Taliban to emerge as a major player, former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra tells Newsmax.
It is a signal to the Afghan peoplehe signaled to the Taliban, and he signaled to the American peoplethat the U.S. role, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, is done, Hoekstra, the former GOP chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.
It may not be completed, but it is finished. The US will no longer be there primarily to defeat the Taliban and to maintain security in Afghanistan, he added. In the long run, what this does is really creates a significant uncertainty in Afghanistanin terms of the Afghan government being able to maintain security in Afghanistan, and it reopens the possibility of the Taliban to emerge as a major player in Afghanistan, and perhaps for a resurgent al-Qaida to move out of Pakistan and again occupy both sides of the border. Its troubling.
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I hate to lose, but I hate seeing our Soldiers wasted in this useless war even more.
The Law of Effect shows us that we will receive more of the bad behavior that we refuse to punish. Since we did not fight to win in Afghanistan, we did not adequately punish them. This means that we can logically expect more bad behavior towards the US from this part of the world. When additional terrorist attacks occur, we can logically put the blame on Obama for failing to win this war.
I don’t believe we’ve fought to win since WWII.
It was brutal but done was done.
We should have left that hell hole the minute Bin Laden assumed room temp. Afghanistan will never be able to stand on it’s own. Too many ethnic groups that hate each other, to much corruption, and that mess called Islam have doomed it to internal fighting for eternity. No more American blood should be sacrificed there.
When was the door ever closed in this admin?
Elections have consequences. The people voted for immediate benefits, not long term survival. It appears they will experience the consequences. Unfortunately those who preferred another path will also endure the consequences. Representative government does not mean good government.
Amen. Mission accomplished. Let's have a tax to pay for it and a draft to supply the soldiers for continuous ME mission creep and we'll see just how much support there is for continuing.
I suspect Afghan President Hamid Karzai will turn Taliban & show how much he hated the US b/c he’s a muslim first!
Makes perfect sense!
The Afghanistan war was lost the December 2001 day OBL crossed into Pakistan.
The subsequent waste has been staggering.
Either way, they will return to what they were before we set foot there. Net effect of our ten years' effort there will be essentially zero.
We should have learned from the Brits and the Rooskies...
Hey, if his campaign hadn’t been tapioca, it wouldn’t have been Pete. ;’)
Failed Congressman, Failed Governor and failed Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra? Just go away.
It’s against the law to aide and abet terrorists. But that is this administration’s policy.