Scholar: Reagan Would Not Leave Afghanistan Until It Was 'Free'

Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 04:08 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Reagan scholar Kiron Skinner says that President Ronald Reagan would not have left Afghanistan until it was "Democratic, free and whole."

"In the present context, in terms of Afghanistan, Reagan would be deeply concerned about the precipitous U.S. withdrawal, the announcement month after month when we're planning to leave and the number of residual forces that we're going to leave in the country," Skinner told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"This kind of drawdown would've been inconsistent with Reagan's principles because it signals to the adversary, to the Taliban, just waiting for the U.S. to leave, that the U.S. is not going to stay the course and help Afghanistan become Democratic, free and whole," she added.

The author of "Reagan, In His Own Hand" said that the 40th president would have had "a very different approach than this current administration."

"What we have in the current administration is an attempt to level off the United States among nation states," Skinner explained.

"From the Cairo speech in 2009, where the president basically apologized for America's misdeeds in the Middle East," she said. "All the way to the West Point speech just a few months ago, we have a president who has been unable to give a clear statement of American principles surrounding the fact that the U.S. is the remaining super power in the world and that the U.S. will in fact defend freedom."

"We have a rollback strategy in reverse," she contends. "Instead of rolling back tyranny, we have attempted to roll back American power."

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