America’s NATO allies were “dismayed” by President Trump’s decision to draw down American troops in Afghanistan and undercut the mission goal of preventing a return of al Qaeda, said former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Jim Stavridis.
“They are dismayed,” Stavridis told the #Washington Examiner after speaking to senior military and civilian NATO leaders following Trump’s call to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500 by Jan. 15, 2021.
“And [to] do it with no strategic or tactical rationale and simply ignore the conditions,” he added. “That makes no military sense, no diplomatic sense, and no political sense.”
#Stavridis said he does not believe the mission to train the Afghan armed forces, conduct counterterrorism operations, and pressure the #Taliban to commit to peace can be achieved with the reduced troop level.