It certainly gives a sense of déjà vu, does it not? An American president ignores the situation on the ground in order to deliver on a campaign promise for withdrawing from a war zone. The resultant vacuum creates an opening for fringe groups to align with betrayed US allies in order to launch a marauding terrorist army that eventually captures enough territory to claim statehood. That gets used for global terrorist operations and takes years to dismantle if not entirely quash.
That describes 2011, and NATO’s secretary-general warns that it could describe 2020 as well. A Donald Trump precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan could produce the same result as the precipitous Barack Obama withdrawal in Iraq — with the same terror group benefiting as a result:
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a stark warning Tuesday that any premature withdrawal from Afghanistan could be dangerous, a day after CNN and other outlets reported that President Donald Trump is eyeing a troop drawdown against the advice of the nation’s top military officials.
“The price for leaving too soon or in an uncoordinated way could be very high. Afghanistan risks becoming once again a platform for international terrorists to plan and organise attacks on our homelands. And ISIS could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq,” Stoltenberg said in a statement to CNN. …
“NATO went into Afghanistan after an attack on the United States to ensure that it would never again be a safe haven for international terrorists,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of troops from Europe and beyond have stood shoulder to shoulder with American troops in Afghanistan, and over one thousand of them have paid the ultimate price.”
He also called for all NATO allies to honor their commitment and to withdraw when the time is right. “We went into Afghanistan together. And when the time is right, we should leave together in a coordinated and orderly way. I count on all NATO allies to live up to this commitment, for our own security,” he said.