“A big part of our foreign policy failures is not knowing when and how to declare victory”
February 8, 2018
Senator Rand Paul declared support for President Trump’s proposed military parade, with one caveat… bring the troops home from Afghanistan first.
In an op ed, Paul said he supports Trump’s idea of a victory parade, but first victory must be declared.
“Though the martial image of high-stepping soldiers is not one I tend to associate with our nation’s Founders’ distrust of a standing Army, I’m not against a victory celebration.” the Senator wrote.
“So I propose we declare victory in Afghanistan, bring home our 14,000 troops and hold a victory parade.” Paul added.
The Senator explained that it is time to draw a close to the chapter of US involvement in conflict in the middle east.
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“We defeated the enemy in Afghanistan. We killed or captured the terrorists who planned, plotted, or aided in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We killed the ringleader, Osama bin Laden. We disrupted the terrorists’ camps where they plotted and trained. We dislodged the Taliban government that aided and abetted bin Laden.” Paul wrote.
The Senator explained that there have been too many instances in US foreign policy of not knowing when to stop meddling.
“We just don’t know how to appreciate a good thing. A big part of our foreign policy failures is not knowing when and how to declare victory. So, why not a parade? Bring the troops home and declare the victory that should have been declared years ago.” Paul stated.
Paul also noted that nation building where nations do not exist leads to quagmire.
“The only reason victory is elusive in Afghanistan is that presidents continue to have an impossible definition of victory,” Paul said, adding “If victory is creating a nation where no real nation has ever…