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Lt. Col. Waltz: Would FDR Have Revealed D-Day Strategy? No Way!

By    |   Monday, 08 Jun 2015 07:38 PM

The White House has bared too many details about America's military strategies in the Middle East, says Lt. Col. Michael Waltz, former commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

"I was on the ground in Afghanistan in uniform as a Special Forces officer when the president announced in his 2009 West Point speech that we have a surge, but then that we're going to withdraw the surge within 18 months," Waltz said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The officer standing next to me said, can you imagine Franklin Delano Roosevelt announcing D-Day, but then telling the Germans, the French, and everyone else that we're out in 18 months and then everyone else in Europe that would work with us, you're on your own?

"It's really egregious, I can't explain the thinking behind it. But I can tell you from being on the ground when it happened we immediately saw a loss of support from the elders all the way up the government because they're making life and death decisions on a daily basis."

He said one man told him, "Until you're prepared to commit your grandchildren to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my grandchildren, this won't work. We need to know that you're going to be with us for the long run."

Waltz — a Green Beret and author of "Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan," published by Potomac Books — also worked as a policy adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
 
He warned that the United States "cannot just self-declare" the end of the war in Afghanistan.

"The wars aren't over just because we left. We've seen that in Iraq and unfortunately we're about to see that in Afghanistan. Right now the administration's policy is to go to zero troops by the end of next year, exactly what we did in Iraq," he said.

"I just came back from Kabul, the Afghans are extremely nervous, you're starting to see the currency slip, capital is leaving, they don't know if America is going to be with them over the long-term.

"And so the people on the ground, the government, and most importantly our enemies are working against us … but everyone that we need working with us are hedging for the post-American Afghanistan and the American withdrawal. It's extremely unhelpful."

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