Retired gen Stanley McChrystal, the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said on Sunday that the withdrawal would serve up to half of the 14,000 U.S. troops there, the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace agreement after more than 17 years of war is reduced. (Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said on Sunday that the United States “are basically traded away the biggest leverage point we have” when the Trump management of the orders a troop withdrawal after more than 17 years of war — the longest conflict in American history.
Retired gen Stanley McChrystal, the state said on ABC’s “This week” that the withdrawal of up to half of the 14,000 U.S. troops that would serve in Afghanistan, reduce the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace agreement.
“If you are the Taliban, say, we are to rely absolutely on the time of certain to cut down and weaken us, to try the incentives, cut, decline an offer dramatic,” said McChrystal, who added that he was also worried that Afghans will lose confidence in the reliability of the US as an ally.
“I think that we rocked, probably,” he says.
McChrystal’s comments came in response to reports that the President ordered Trump the Pentagon was developing plans to order the withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops by next summer.
Outgoing Minister of defense of Jim Mattis mentioned, the interested parties, in his letter of termination. Mattis’ last day in the administration is Monday.
McChrystal also criticized Trump personally, he said he didn’t believe the President is telling the truth.
The comment came as the co-host Martha Raddatz asked McChrystal what he would say if he were asked, the Trump administration.
“I think it is important for me to work for the people I think are basically honest, who is telling the truth as best you know it,” he said. “I am very tolerant of people making mistakes, because I have so many of them-and I have been around leaders who have made mistakes … but through it all, I saw almost never have people trying to get it wrong. And I saw, almost never people who are openly disingenuous on things.”
When asked if trump is immoral, McChrystal responded: “I think he is.”
Sunday was not the first time McChrystal criticized a sitting President. President Barack Obama accepted McChrystal’s resignation in June 2010 after he made scathing remarks about government officials-including Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in a Rolling Stone magazine article.
McChrystal commanded the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan for about a year.
The United States and NATO formally ended their combat mission in 2014 in Afghanistan, but the American and allied troops remain, conducting strikes on the Islamic state group and the Taliban and to train to work and build the Afghan military.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.