Maginnis: U.S. 'investment' in Afghanistan needs to stop

Friday, September 11, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

loading a C-130A national defense analyst with Family Research Council supports President Trump's plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, saying America has been "squandering" its valuable resources there for almost two decades.

Just days before the anniversary of 9-11, Marine General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, announced that the United States will pull thousands of troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by November as President Donald Trump continues to make good on his campaign promise to get America out of "endless wars." McKenzie said troop levels in Afghanistan would drop to 4,500 by November. The military had already reduced its presence to 8,600 in June.

LTC Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is a senior fellow for national security at Family Research Council. He points out that U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan since 2001, when they invaded in response to the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil.

Maginnis

"We've been sinking trillions of dollars into that country – [which is] locked in the 14th century – with very, very little return on the investment," he tells OneNewsNow. "The vast majority of that economy is based upon American good will, American investment. When we pull out, it will revert back to the 14th century, I have no doubt. We should not be squandering our blood and treasure in that country any longer."

General McKenzie also said the reduction in Iraq from about 5,200 troops to about 3,000. According to Maginnis, the situation in Iraq is slightly different.

"… Iraq is sort of a counterbalance to the threat posed by Iran," he explains. "I am not opposed to a handful of advisors – basically suppliers of equipment, sellers of equipment – but they've got to stand up on their own. We cannot continue that forever."

Maginnis is author of "Collision Course," which demonstrates the U.S. was founded by Christians seeking religious freedom and economic opportunity.

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