Statement from Will Ruger in Response to Reports of a Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

ARLINGTON, Va.—William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, had this to say in response to today’s reports of an agreement to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan:

“We are quite encouraged to see a deal emerging that would lead to a full and speedy withdrawal of American military forces from Afghanistan. We long ago accomplished what we originally set out to do in the country, and after almost two decades, it is time to bring our brave troops home and for Afghans to take ownership of their country’s future.

We commend the Trump administration for its continued work in the best interests of our nation. There are those who would like to see us remain at war in Afghanistan long into the future. But the president should not allow a withdrawal deal to be bogged down by conditions that aren’t necessary for America’s safety. Along with the American public, we hope this deal can set a precedent to fully satisfy President Trump’s wish to end our ‘endless wars’ in the Middle East.”

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