An increasingly robust and capable Afghan National Security Forces has continued to fight hard against enemy counteroffensives even as our forces have been dramatically reduced. Recruitment for both the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police is strong. And, as Congress will hear Wednesday, NATO has new, more cooperative and pro-Western partners in President Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
Conditions Will Get Worse if the U.S. Doesn’t Maintain Its Commitment
Despite this progress, Afghanistan’s gains will be lost if the United States doesn’t reverse its deadline-driven withdrawal irrespective of conditions on the ground. When I was deployed to Afghanistan, the bad guys liked to say, “Americans have the watches, but we have the time.” Regrettably, the current withdrawal plan may prove them right.