Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah thinks that the U.S. needs to keep troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, stating that even after 20 years of a military presence there, “conditions for withdrawal have not been met.”
“The decision to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and potentially elsewhere should not be based on a U.S. political calendar,” Romney said in a statement. “The Administration has yet to explain why reducing troops in Afghanistan—where conditions for withdrawal have not been met—is a wise decision for our national security interests in the region.”
Decisions regarding troops levels in Afghanistan and Iraq should be based on our national security interests, not politics. The Administration should reverse proposed troop withdrawals. https://t.co/KJGfj6dW5Y
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) November 17, 2020
Romney’s statement follows the Pentagon’s announcement to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from the Middle East, specifically Afghanistan and Iraq, by the beginning of 2021.
Previously, President Donald J. Trump announced that he