(HorizonPost.com) – With the inauguration of President Joe Biden, it appears the dream of ending America’s longest war has been dashed. As one senior member of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) said: “there will be no full withdrawal by allies by April-end.”
Seems like a blow to Afghan peace process…
Exclusive: Foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond May deadline – NATO sources | Article [AMP] | Reuters https://t.co/3mnxVB1hWk
— Owais Tohid (@OwaisTohid) January 31, 2021
“The party of war” in US politics has been laid at the feet of the Democrats several times over the years, and two statistics may lend credence to that:
- One journalist from Cincinnati.com crunched the numbers and found when Democrats are in office, more than 625,000 American soldiers died, compared to just over 26,000 under Republicans.
- According to npr.org, there were roughly 30,000 US troops in Afghanistan when Obama took office. By the time his second election rolled around, that number had more than tripled to approximately 100,000.
Under President Donald Trump’s administration, the number dropped to the lowest ever, with only 2,500 still in the country. He also negotiated an agreement with the Taliban to have seen all allied forces withdrawn by the end of May 2021. Now, it’s unknown when, or if, that will happen.
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