Statement from Will Ruger on the 18th Anniversary of U.S. Engagement in Afghanistan

ARLINGTON, Va. — William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, had this to say in recognition of 18 years of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan:

“Today’s 18-year anniversary of the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan is a sobering reminder of just how long Americans have been fighting this “endless war.” The war we launched in 2001 was necessary and just. We needed to decimate Al Qaeda, kill or capture Bin Laden, and punish the Taliban government for supporting these terrorists. But we satisfied those important goals – and staying any longer isn’t necessary for our interests. Instead, we are in a “forever war” without much strategic purpose that is older than many of the recruits eligible to fight in it.

A prolonged presence in the region serves only to further endanger the lives of our men and women in uniform without making us safer at home. After more than 6,000 days of fighting, thousands of lives lost, and over a trillion dollars spent, it’s time to not only bring our troops home but also to rethink the foreign policy that has allowed us to become embroiled in endless wars.”

The Charles Koch Institute is working to expand public debate about what type of foreign policy will make us safer and more secure. Find out more below:

Public Realism on Afghanistan

War Is the Least Conservative Undertaking – An Interview with Dr. William Ruger

For media requests, please contact:
Rachel Tripp
rtripp@standtogether.org
(571) 481-0783

06-30-2020 10:40am

Supreme Court strikes a blow against free speech in Soros case, Charles Koch Institute fellow says

"At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that every person should decide for themselves what they want to say, or whether they want to say anything at all."

Read more

06-18-2020 12:12pm

Conversations about race, equality, and the American experience

Organizations such as Braver Angels offer a path forward—driving a movement that seeks to create a space for dialogue to help us better understand each other and learn from each other. In a time where we’re having important conversations about race, equality, and the American experience, hearing each other’s voices is incredibly important.

Read more

06-17-2020 10:15am

Lessons from Tiananmen Square for American Protesters

While Beijing pushed for measures to prevent protests, vigils, and other speech around the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Americans across the country started raising their voices to speak out against long entrenched injustices. Charles Koch Institute Director of Free Expression Sarah Ruger spoke to this essential component of progress in a recent commentary in Real Clear World.

Read more

Sign up for updates