Statement from Will Ruger in Response to Reports of an Initial U.S. Peace Deal with the Taliban

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, had this to say in response to reports that the United States has reached an initial peace deal with the Taliban that would include a drawdown of 6,000 troops:

“President Trump has correctly called for the United States to withdraw from Afghanistan. As such, we are pleased to hear reports of progress being made on this front. But our national interests and the American people require that this is only one in a sequence of positive steps toward a speedy and full withdrawal of all U.S. troops rather than an endpoint that needlessly keeps our forces in harm’s way for years to come. We’ve accomplished what we needed to in Afghanistan, the decimation of Al Qaeda and the severe punishment of the Taliban for supporting anti-American terrorism. It is time for our troops to come home.”

“Thousands of our brave troops have been killed and hundreds of billions wasted trying to remake Afghanistan. Peace is long overdue, and we look forward to a day when we can stop wasting blood and treasure in this faraway land. Americans stand behind President Trump and Ambassador Khalilzad’s efforts to end this endless war. We wish the ambassador well and support efforts that allow for a speedy and full withdrawal.”

 

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 

 

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