Major commander for U.S. operations in the Middle East last week broke from positives assessments. This from President Joe Biden and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He felt that local forces in Afghanistan are now ready to take on the Taliban. As well as other terrorist threats without a U.S. force on their ground.
Major Commander Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie Speaks Out
“After we leave, I am concerned about the Afghan military’s ability to hold on,” Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told Congress on last week. McKenzie also questioned whether the burgeoning Afghan air force would be able to fly. This is once the U.S. follows through on President Joe Biden’s plan to have withdrawn all U.S. forces. It has been calling America’s longest war, and rightfully so, by Sept. 11.
All of the approximately 17,000 contractors that are presently in Afghanistan will pull out. Moreover, there are 2,500 U.S. troops and roughly 10,000 NATO forces that will withdraw under the deal. It was the first negotiated by then-former great president Donald Trump and the Taliban last year.
Afghan Government is Known for Corruption and Dysfunction
Over the 20-year span to prop up an Afghan military, which has been overseeing by a government that rife with corruption and dysfunction, the troops and private sector workers have been critical. The force has really heavily relied on American generosity and military experience from everything to maintain helicopters safely or provide close air support and medical expertise which the local troops have had to deal with a resurgent enemy.
Major Commander Wonders how the Afghans will Fair Without the U.S. to Help Them
The saying “Time will Tell” is an important and telling adage in the case of the U.S. withdrawing support from Afghanistan and how they will do once that mission is completed.
Biden Supports Trump with Regards Pulling out the U.S. Troops from Afghanistan
Moreover, the main aspect of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan also serving as the decisive factor Biden is offering in describing his decision to support Trump’s plan for pulling out all forces. However, the president says it is not clear to him if the security issue on the ground will get better if U.S. troops and their NATO partners were to stay.
Afghan forces are capable, in fact, to stand on their own, Biden and Ghani believe. This, in spite, of the longstanding evidence on the ground to the contrary.