Dick Morris: Afghan Attack on US General Will Be First of Many

Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 05:05 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The ambush in Afghanistan in which a U.S. general was killed will be the "first of many" such attacks because the premature retreat from the war there is putting the United States in a vulnerable position, says veteran political commentator Dick Morris.

"As we pull out of Afghanistan you're going to see lots of ambushes, lots of casualties," Morris told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

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"The hardest thing to do, any general will tell you, is to retreat when you're actively engaged in fighting," he explained.

The former political consultant to former President Bill Clinton says this occurs "because your manpower diminishes, your ability to protect your people drops, and your vulnerability increases."

Major General Harold Greene was killed and several others were wounded at a military training facility in Afghanistan on Tuesday in an attack by an Afghan soldier.

Morris says the problem with President Barack Obama's decision to pull out of Afghanistan is that it's a political decision.

"Obama's been trying to sell a complete canard, which is that we have the situation in Afghanistan under control, and we're pulling out because we've accomplished our mission," he explained.

"Now we're handing it over to a government that should be able to protect itself and keep the Taliban at bay," the political commentator said. However, "none of those are true."

"We're pulling out because of a political timetable that Obama needs to be out of there by the time he leaves the White House, because he promised to do that."

"Just like we're closing down Guantanamo despite all evidence that we need it because of Obama's campaign commitment, but in this case the Taliban is not going to cooperate," he added.

Morris said it was different in Iraq. "Thanks to Gen. Petraeus, we defeated the enemy in Iraq."

However, the mistake in Iraq was that the United States "didn't leave a residual force there [and] we permitted it to grow up again."

By comparison, "in Afghanistan we never won that war," he explained.

"We've made some progress — from time to time we've set the Taliban back on its heels, we certainly have stopped al Qaida from using that area to launch terrorist attacks like they did on 9/11, but we haven't won the war," Morris contends.

"Until we do, if we're pulling out, we're going to face significant casualties on the way out," he added. "It's going to look as ugly, in some ways, as the withdrawal from Vietnam did."

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