Freshman Congressman Michael Waltz appeared on Fox news this week to air his doubt about the United States withdrawing from Afghanistan. In short, Congressman Waltz says that he does not trust the Taliban, and he has reason to believe it.
The Congressman expressed that he is “skeptical at this point. I think we eventually need to drive this type of a deal, but I’m not sure that we’re there yet.”
He added that “the thing that has me so concerned, is the Taliban saying, ‘Trust us, we won’t let Al Qaeda in, we won’t let terrorists operate from Afghanistan and strike the United States anymore.’”
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Congressman Waltz then questioned, “what is the verification regime? How do we know that is not going to happen? We obviously can’t send inspectors over… I think the verification is the SEALs, our Predators, our counterterrorism efforts that have to remain in place. Well, guess what? That’s what’s currently there.”
The concept of the United States withdrawing has divided some, generating a conversation of whether or not it is a good move to do so.
Congressman Waltz asserted that “we have to continue to build the Afghan Army so that eventually they can take care of this themselves and say, ‘Trust us, we can take care of it.’”
“And, guess what? That’s what is currently there. So, talk of withdrawal means you’re pulling those verification pieces away… the United States has to lead. We have to keep a lid on these groups, and if we just pull out, I’m worried that 20 terrorist groups, which exist in Afghanistan and Pakistan today, will hit the United States again.”
Congressman Waltz is not only a former Special forces officer who served multiple combat tours as a Green Beret in Afghanistan, but he has also served as a senior policy advisor on defense and counterterrorism in both the White House and the Pentagon.