(ThePatriotSource.com)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has publicly described her opposition to President Donald Trump’s plans to bring American troops home from Afghanistan, ending the Forever War pushed by Republicans and Democrats alike. Incredibly, Merkel said that the withdrawal was “hasty,” despite the war in Afghanistan being the longest in American history.
The German government’s opposition to the plans was made public through German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who said the government believes that withdrawing troops would be a “hurdle.”
“It shouldn’t be taken for granted that these two sides after decades of conflict are sitting at the negotiating table to begin talking to one another in a constructive way,” he said. “That’s why we shouldn’t add even more hurdles, which a rash exit from Afghanistan would lead to.”
In what universe is withdrawal from the longest war in American history “rash”?
German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also said that there should be no reduction of NATO forces in Afghanistan is a peace deal in the country isn’t agreed.
The Germans have had a role to play in the West’s presence in Afghanistan, sending troops to join the Americans after the 2001 September 11th attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. At its peak, Germany had 5,000 soldiers in the country and still has 1,250 permanently stationed there.
According to Christofer Burger, a representative of the German foreign ministry, Minister Heiko Maas has “repeatedly acknowledged that it was a great diplomatic achievement, including that of the Trump government, to create the conditions for peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to take place.”
He added, however, that the peace process “is the best way to ensure that a troop withdrawal can take place in such a way that everything has been achieved in Afghanistan in recent years – in terms of human rights, education, economic development, development opportunities for girls and women as well — is not lost or put at risk. One of the key business principles of this peace process has always been that military withdrawal steps are subject to conditions.”
If Joe Biden does in fact become president in January, will he send the troops right back to please Germany?