Buttigieg, Warren pledge Afghanistan withdrawal even without Taliban peace deal
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Thursday went further than their previous pledges on Afghanistan by saying they would swiftly withdraw U.S. troops even without a peace deal with the Taliban.
The Democratic presidential candidates also said they would bring troops home quickly even if military leaders advised otherwise.
“We have got to put an end to endless war. And the way we do it is see to it that that country will never again be used for an attack against our homeland and that does not require an open-ended requirement of ground troops,” Buttigieg said. ...
Pressed by ABC moderator David Muir about whether she would pull troops if military leaders on the ground advised her that a deal with the Taliban was needed, she pointed to a trip to Afghanistan two years ago when she talked to local and U.S. military leaders.
She said she had asked officials to “show me what winning looks like.”
“No one can describe it, and the reason no one can describe it is because the problems in Afghanistan are not problems that can be solved by a military,” Warren said. ...
Buttigieg on Thursday also took a swipe at Trump over recent reports that a U.S. Air Force crew stayed at one of the president’s hotels in Scotland during a layover.
“We ... have a president right now who seems to treat troops as props, or worse, tools for his own enrichment,” Buttigieg said.
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