U.S. troops can’t keep supporting Afghanistan

By Daniel DePetris

Since U.S.-Taliban negotiations broke down, national security experts such as Stephen Hadley and Michèle Flournoy [“Don’t leave the Afghan peace talks for dead,” Thursday Opinion, Sept. 26] have advocated changes to the U.S. diplomatic strategy.

But in doing so, they use U.S. troops as bargaining chips and seek to Americanize an Afghan problem. A diplomatic process will succeed only in ending 40 years of violence if Afghans themselves do the work necessary to end it. To prevent a U.S. military withdrawal from occurring until Afghans make peace with one another will only keep the United States in a conflict the American people rightfully see as unworthy of further sacrifice.

This piece was originally published by The Washington Post on September 30, 2019. Read more HERE.