National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Wednesday blamed former President Barack Obama’s handling of the war on terror for the current situation in Afghanistan, The Daily .
The remarks came during a Q&A portion at the Center for New American Security conference when McMaster was asked how the war in Afghanistan will change if more U.S. troops will be sent there.
He said the previous administration’s “precipitous withdrawal” from Iraq and inability to stop the rise of ISIS are mistakes that the Trump administration will not duplicate in Afghanistan.
Since Obama ended the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban have made significant gains across the war-torn country and now control almost a third of the population.
The Afghan National Security Forces have suffered huge casualties in the last two years of battling the resurgent Taliban.
President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense James Mattis is reportedly considering adding a few more thousand American ground troops in Afghanistan in hopes to turn the tide of the war.
The Daily Caller reports:
McMaster emphasized the need to conjoin U.S. military and political strategy to reach the desired result. McMaster’s comments echo Mattis’s previous pledge that any U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan will be paired with a broader regional strategy to force the Taliban to the negotiating table with the government, and enter the Afghan political process.