Sec Austin is being told by his general ‘s to NOT withdraw the American military from the country try…..
He will bring that point of view back the Biden White House people who have a political agenda to weigh agains the military situation on there ground in that country….
The Talibam and the secular govermemt there are NEVER gonna make a ‘deal’ that works….
The Taliban has been fighting too long to not give up claiming control of the place….
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a surprise stop in Afghanistan on Sunday, his first as Pentagon chief, as top generals warn that the country could fall into chaos if U.S. troops withdraw before diplomatic efforts between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end the conflict yield results.
President Joe Biden is still weighing a decision on whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 1, the deadline stipulated by an agreement he inherited from the Trump administration. But violence in the country remains too high, Austin told reporters after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul….
Austin declined to say whether the Taliban are meeting the conditions of the February 2020 agreement negotiated by the previous administration, but stressed that he wants to see “a responsible end to the conflict.”
“There is always going to be concerns about things one way or the other, but I think there is a lot of energy focused on doing what’s necessary to bring about a responsible end, a negotiated settlement to the war,” he said.
While the Pentagon insists that all options are still on the table, meeting the deadline seems increasingly less feasible as May 1 gets closer. Biden himself said a complete U.S. withdrawal by that date would be “tough.”
And top generals have in recent days signaled their concerns about a premature exit. If the American pullout goes ahead before diplomatic efforts can yield a deal, fighting will intensify across the country and Ghani’s government could lose its fragile hold on key areas, Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said this week,
“If we withdraw and no deal was made with the Taliban, I think the government of Afghanistan is going to be in for a very stiff fight to retain possession” of urban population centers, McKenzie warned.
If the Taliban and the Afghan government do not reach a deal by May 1, Biden could choose to keep U.S. forces in place temporarily. But that decision would likely prompt the Taliban to renew attacks on American troops — attacks that have mostly halted since the February 2020 agreement. Indeed, the Taliban on Friday warned Washington against defying the May 1 deadline.
However, Austin said he is “confident” in the ability of Gen. Scott Miller, head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, to defend his troops from renewed attacks….
There are over 7,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan right now also with 3,000 or more American troops…….
There are those Congress of both parties that want Biden to increase the number of military assets in that country try…