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Don't Surrender on Afghanistan

afghanistan countryside as recently seen from the air

Afghanistan countryside and cities from the air in July 2019. (Trentinness/Dreamstime)

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Yesterday, President Trump expressed his great frustration with America’s involvement in Afghanistan. It is understandable, but must not translate into a vastly bigger problem.

Unfortunately, to paraphrase the famous quote attributed to Leon Trotsky, we may not be interested in jihad, but jihad is interested in us.

Negotiating with the Taliban to the exclusion of the elected Afghan government is a formula for a second Vietnam – surrendering the place to jihadists, emboldening them and other Sharia-supremacists to redouble their "holy war" against us.

The President says he is looking at various options. Here’s one from former Navy SEAL Erik Prince: Revert to an unconventional warfare approach, cutting U.S. forces to a relatively small number of special operators and replacing the 37,000 contractors now in country with 6,000 veterans who would fight to win alongside Afghan troops. It’s worth a try.

Frank Gaffney, Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a columnist for The Washington Times, and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio. Read more reports from Frank Gaffney, Jr. — Click Here Now.

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