U.S. President Joe Biden’s resolution to drag all remaining U.S. troops out of Afghanistan is a “mistake” that would result in a grim future for the Afghan individuals, says retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie.
“I respect his authority. He’s a compassionate man, but I think he’s made a mistake,” Leslie mentioned Wednesday in an interview with CBC News Network’s Power & Politics.
“My daughter fought in Afghanistan. I fought in Afghanistan. If you pull out too soon, until the conditions for an eventual sharing of power between the various warring elements are established, there’s a danger that my grandkids could go to Afghanistan,” Leslie instructed host Vassy Kapelos.
Biden introduced Wednesday that each one American troops can be pulled from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults that prompted America’s invasion.
NATO additionally introduced Wednesday it could begin withdrawing troops from the nation by May 1.
“War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi-generational undertaking. We were attacked. We went to war with clear goals. We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead and al-Qaeda is degraded … in Afghanistan. And it’s time to end the forever war,” mentioned Biden.
The U.S. president pushed again at critics calling for a conditions-based settlement, telling Americans he has heard no good solutions on simply what circumstances can be mandatory to permit for troop withdrawal.
“So when will it be the right moment to leave? One more year, two more years, 10 more years? Ten-, 20-, 30-billion dollars more above the trillion we’ve already spent?” requested Biden.
The two-decade battle has killed greater than 2,400 U.S. troops, wounded greater than 20,000 and value as a lot as $1 trillion US.
“I’m not trying to second guess the president … but the danger is that resurgence of the Taliban and even more vicious elements is more likely with the Americans and the NATO troops departing then ever before,” mentioned Leslie, who served as deputy commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan.
“The departure of the Americans will probably result in a relatively grim future for the Afghan people,” he added.
Canada joined the Americans within the battle in Afghanistan in 2001, however wrapped up its fight function in 2011 earlier than pulling its last troops from the nation in 2014.
In complete, 158 Canadian troops died within the battle and an estimated 100,000 Afghan civilians have been injured or killed.