On July 9, 2020, congressman Andy Biggs and Thomas Massie are calling on President Trump to “immediately withdraw” all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to The Hill, both of the congressmen want this to happen in order to stop “endless wars.”
On July 7, the House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs and Thomas Massie sent a letter to President Trump warning him about the dangers of keeping a military presence in Afghanistan. They believe that keeping troops in Afghanistan could result in a loss of power.
“Throughout your entire presidency, you have worked tirelessly to Make America Great Again. We are confident you will repeat this feat again after this pandemic. However, the United States will not remain a great power for long if we stay engaged in perpetual warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the letter stated.
The Trump administration has been reportedly working on a plan to withdraw 4,000 troops from Afghanistan before Election Day. Certain neoconservatives such as Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney argue that this move would destabilize the region and threaten U.S. national security.
The lawmakers believe that the bipartisan desire to keep troops in Afghanistan is misguided.
“You will be best served if you listen to your gut instincts on this momentous decision. We urge you to ignore any ‘wisdom’ from the bipartisan cabal of phony experts in the administrative state that have bungled both military and diplomatic campaigns since their start in 2001 and 2003 respectively,” they noted.
“Iraq and Afghanistan do not possess any weapons that can reach the continental United States. Moreover, neither nation is vital to the national security of the United States. Finally, neither nation is worth one more Gold Star family,” they noted.
According to Statista, over 2,300 American soldiers have died in this conflict, which has also cost the U.S. $2 trillion on military operations.
Undoubtedly, Afghanistan is not on the way to liberal democracy and the U.S. has no business trying to guide it along that path.
Now, more than ever, the U.S. should immediately withdraw from the country.