Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently exposed former President Barack Obama for the weak leader he was.
According to Mattis, the majority of our struggles in the Afghanistan War are because of Obama.
During his testimony, Mattis explained how Obama’s decision to pull troops from Afghanistan in 2014 allowed the Taliban to rebuild and cement its power in the country.
“I believe that we pulled out forces at a time, as you know, when the violence was lower, but we pulled them out on a timeline rather than consistent with the maturation of the government and the security forces,” Mattis said.
“At one point, when we reduced our forces there, I believe in what was probably in hindsight a misguided application of our forces. We restricted them from using our air support, with some idea we would wean them off the need for it,” Mattis said.
“We’re not winning in Afghanistan right now, and we will correct this as soon as possible,” he said with authority.
Conservative Tribune reports:
According to The New York Times, Mattis also laid out the Trump administration’s plan to win the war in Afghanistan.
The U.S. will reassess the need for additional troops in Afghanistan in an effort to support Afghan troops in their goal to reduce violence in the country. Those U.S. service members will include air power and possibly special operations forces. After a period of time, the Trump administration hopes that U.S. forces will have provided Afghan troops all they need to sustain safety in their country on their own.
Mattis is right. Not only did Obama fail to put the Taliban down once and for all, he provided them an opportunity to recover and take over again. What kind of leader allows that to happen? Obama.
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