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“I can guarantee you that this is the plan of the President of the United States,”; O’Brien said at a virtual event hosted by the Aspen Security Forum. “This is an order from the commander-in-chief. This is not speculation.”
“I am recruiting the president of the United States, so it is not in my practice to speculate,” O’Brien added later. “So other people may interpret what I’m saying as speculation or not, but I didn’t speculate then, I didn’t speculate today. And that’s why when I speak, I speak for the president. And I think that’s what the Pentagon is moving and doing. “
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It comes here and there when Trump sows confusion over his plans for Afghanistan.
The U.S. military has up to 4,500 troops in Afghanistan. The goal announced by Trump and other administration officials will be struck by election day.
In his speech last week, O’Brien announced the reduction of 2,500 troops by early 2021. But a few hours later, Trump tweeted that he wanted all US troops to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year.
“By Christmas, we should have a small number of our COURAGEOUS men and women serving in Afghanistan at home,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The wording of the tweet made it unclear whether Trump actually ordered to leave or tried to appeal to voters in the last part of the presidential campaign, claiming that he was fulfilling his promise to end the so-called perpetual wars.
On Friday, O’Brien projected Trump’s tweet as an aspiration, but suggested it was not yet an order.
“I think the president did what he expressed the same desire that I think every president said after the War of Independence,” O’Brien said. “Every time we fight, whether it’s the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the First World War or the Second World War, all presidents, all GIs want troops to be home before Christmas.”
“After all, if these inter-Afghan talks could develop well, there would be nothing more than having our troops home before Christmas,” he added. “We are now on a path that looks like about 4,500 this fall, and a smaller number in January and February. But if conditions allow, look, we would like to get people out sooner, and I think that’s the desire that the president has expressed. “
Both the full exit and O’Brien’s cuts would contradict other officials’ assurances that they would review conditions on the ground before dropping below 4,500 troops.
The Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban, signed in February, called for the full withdrawal of the United States by May 2021. But the agreement stipulates that this will only happen if the Taliban upholds its commitment to deny al-Qaeda safe haven and other terrorist groups aimed at attacking the West. Earlier, US military officials said the Taliban had not yet broken with Al Qaeda.
Updated at 11:43