The Pentagon is considering sending more soldiers in Afghanistan to help stabilize the nation against a resurgent Taliban. Proponents of sending more soldiers say the U.S. came to Afghanistan for a specific mission and should not leave until it completes it. Many American lives have been lost as part of this fight. It's our duty to make sure their lives were not lost in vain. Afghanistan cannot be another haven for terrorists and authoritarians. The U.S. made a promise to the Afghan people and it must keep it.
Here's what Defense Secretary James Mattis said:
“Our primary national interest and the international interest in Afghanistan is ensuring it does not become an ungoverned space from which attacks can be launched against the United States, other nations or the Afghan people,” he said. “Our overall mission Afghanistan remains the same: to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces so they can safeguard the Afghan people and terrorists can find no haven in Afghanistan for attacking us or others.”
Critics like senator John McCain are skeptical that more soldiers will help bring the war in Afghanistan to an end. There is no coherent strategy beyond killing terrorists. We've gotten pretty good at killing, but it's everything else that we need to work on. The Afghan National Army continues to lose ground despite U.S. training.
“We’re now six months into this administration, we still haven’t got a strategy for Afghanistan. It makes it hard for us to support you when we don’t have a strategy. We know what the strategy was for the last eight years, don’t lose. That hasn’t worked,” he said in Tuesday’s committee hearing with the Pentagon leaders.