Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is patting President Joe Biden on the back for his decision to pull American troops out of Afghanistan. He said that it is “the right thing to do,” but then added that how the administration executes the plan will be what really matters,
"We reduced troops from 10,000 plus to around 2,500 on our watch, and secondly, we did everything we could to make sure we were never attacked from Afghanistan again," Pompeo said Fox News.
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Then-President Donald Trump, when announcing the troop drawdowns last year, said the United States was acting in Afghanistan "as a police force and not the fighting force. After 19 years, it's time for them to police their own country. Bring our soldiers back home but closely watch what is going on and strike with thunder as necessary."
In January, just before Trump left office, the military had met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500, a drawdown that appeared at the time to violate a last-minute congressional prohibition.
At that time Biden, who had advocated keeping a small counterterrorism force in Afghanistan as a way to ensure that extremist groups like al-Qaeda are unable to launch attacks on the United States, faced a number of questions on Afghanistan.
"How you execute this matters," Pompeo continued. "We need to have our European partners on board, and the Taliban have an important decision to make. They have to decide if they want to be part of a pariah state and cause trouble or be part of the solution in Afghanistan? That would be the right thing for them to do. If the event they choose otherwise, the U.S. will still provide billion dollars in assistance in Afghanistan."
"President Biden has it right. President Trump had it right before him. It's time to reduce our footprint inside of Afghanistan," he said. "Its leader is mostly inside of Iran and not inside of Afghanistan."
"The mission we went on 20 years ago, the destruction of Al-Qaeda and its infrastructure has been accomplished," Pompeo added. "We spent $25 million a year helping the Afghan government."
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