US war hawk, Senator John McCain, was in Kabul, Afghanistan for the 4th of July, greeting American soldiers with other US Senators including Lindsey Graham, Benjamin Sasse, and Joe Donnelly. This list of Senators should come as no surprise to anyone who follows US foreign policy misadventures.
McCain took the time to reiterate his stance on a continued presence of US military in what is already becoming America’s longest war.
McCain said that America’s troop presence should never be reduced in Afghanistan, or else the international mission will fall apart. According to a statement, the international military mission cannot succeed if President Obama’s suggested reduction in forces advances.
The US Senators criticised US President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce US military presence in Afghanistan from 9,800 to 5,500 troops by the end of this year. Obama’s decision is not final, and among US war hawks, any military reduction in Afghanistan is simply unacceptable.
US Senator Lindsey Graham told to reporters.
“I cannot guarantee success if we keep 9,800, but I can ensure you failure if we go to 5,500,”
“I will have a hard time supporting our continued presence here as it’s not fair to those left behind…They just can’t do the job. If we go to 5,500 this place will fall apart, quickly.”
Sputnik News has more on the 4th of July trip to Kabul…
The Obama administration should decide on troop levels “sooner rather than later,” McCain said, arguing that reducing the military presence might lead to a situation similar to Iraq, where Daesh terrorists seized major cities and a significant portion of country’s territory.
McCain repeatedly criticized Obama’s decision to restrict US troops’ rules of engagement to self-defense only, preventing US military from proactively targeting Taliban forces. These rules of engagement have eventually been relaxed, but the fact that they lasted for almost a year, according to McCain, is “almost criminal”.
“Ultimately we’re going to win this fight, it’s just going to take decades,” said Benjamin Sasse.
“The American people will understand that staying partnered with a good ally like the Afghan government is the best way to deny future safe havens to those who would plot jihadi attacks across the globe.”
It is going to take decades…great news for the Military Industrial Complex.