A national defense analyst says it's long past time for the U.S. to be out of Afghanistan.
The Trump administration claims it has made progress in talks with the Taliban in an effort for a negotiated settlement to America's longest war, which has cost 2,400 American lives and hundreds of billions in taxpayers' dollars.
But even Trump's allies have expressed concerns that the president's impatience with the war in Afghanistan will lead him to withdraw troops too soon, leaving the country at risk of returning to the same volatile condition that prompted the invasion in the first place.
Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.), a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says he warned for years that it's a "pipe dream" to create peace between the West and Muslim terrorists who are waging war like it's still the 14th century.
The retired Army officer says he has been making that argument since 2005.
"And I believe that's true today," he says.
U.S. intelligence officials have argued that if you pull out too early, it will revert back to some sort of terrorist haven.
"That's probably true," he allows. "However, we could stay there forever and continue to send our blood and treasure and that will never change, just given the nature of the culture that we have there."