Clockwise, top left, Ret. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie; Ret. Army General Joseph Votel, VOA Afghan Service Chief; Hasib Alikozay and correspondent «Voice of America» at the Pentagon by Carl Babb. Former CENTCOM Chiefs: US Not Safer With Afghan Withdrawal
Retired Generals Frank McKenzie and Joseph Votel gave an exclusive interview to «Voice of America»
USA Not Safer With Withdrawal American troops from Afghanistan, and the determination of Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden to withdraw all troops from that country led to the fall of Kabul.
This is the opinion of the last commanders who oversaw the American military presence in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Retired Gen. Frank McKenzie, who led US Central Command 2019-2022, and retired Gen. Joseph Votel, who led US Central Command 2016-2019, gave an exclusive interview to VOA about the nearly 20-year US-NATO war in Afghanistan.< /p>
“I don't believe we're safer as a result of our withdrawal from Afghanistan,” said Mackenzie, who recommended that American presidents keep at least 2,500 American troops in the country.
” There's a lot we don't know about the organizations, the terrorist organizations that are left behind,” Votel added. “I don’t think we are in a more stable or secure position. I think Afghanistan has become less stable and, as a result, the region has become less stable.”
Votel told VOA that the political narrative of “perpetual war has taken over smart, strategic decisions” in Washington.
“I just don't believe in the idea that we had to get everyone out,” Votel told VOA.