Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is speaking out in favor of extending America’s longest war, even as most Americans overwhelmingly favor pulling out of Afghanistan. Kinzinger recently gave an interview to NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” in which he lamented America’s looming withdrawal from Afghanistan and compared the 20-year war to a simple peacekeeping mission.
“I’m proud of the American people for sticking by this mission for 20 years. We actually needed to do it longer,” said Kinzinger.
President Biden says the military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on August 31, and America’s withdrawal is already 90 percent complete. By getting America out of Afghanistan, Biden is accomplishing something President Trump talked about doing during his term but was ultimately unable to accomplish.
Even before America’s withdrawal started, the Afghan government based in Kabul began losing ground to the Taliban as its fighters—the U.S.-trained Afghan National Security Forces, or ANSF—began laying down their arms. Since early May, the Taliban has seized