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But hello -- is likely to be -- long term threat in Afghanistan that from general Martin Dempsey also saying quote I suspect there would still be contested areas because the history of Afghanistan's suggests that there will always be contested areas and quote.
Captain Pete -- -- -- joins us he is with -- concerned veterans for America he's a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan thanks so much for being with this.
Is this sort of what happens win instead of a withdrawal based on conditions he set a prescribed timetable.
Yes and what you're gonna see it happening in Afghanistan what the chairman admitted is basically an open.
Secret there we've known for quite some time the Taliban controls a lot of areas.
That we don't control -- Americans once controlled.
And whereas the Afghan army to control populated areas a lot of the -- civilian population a lot of the countryside are controlled by the Taliban.
And we're gonna -- that Afghan army out there in point fourteen.
To maintain those gains.
-- whether they're ready or not and he's cautiously optimistic and with all due deference and respect to the chairman I think he's hoping.
That they will stand their ground we'll see does it also complement -- complicate matters captain that.
You know this is a government in Afghanistan that's not really regarded there as legitimate.
Absolutely the legitimacy of the central government is key in -- counterinsurgency warfare or any extended conflict like this if the people don't see the Afghan government as in their best interest they're gonna turn to the alternative for awhile that was the Americans in the coalition now we're leaving who's next the Taliban and if they're there to -- resolve disputes provide justice.
And provide basic securing the country side.
Whether we like -- or not is inconsequential.
Sort of miles -- hierarchy of needs they're gonna go where their needs are met the Taliban does it regardless of radicalism the the population could turn their way Karzai's been dropped the government been -- it doesn't help our cause definition of -- Captain finally should America's greatest concern here be that.
That's -- of on is still in bed -- Qaeda and they may well provide a safe haven within Afghanistan once again.
Where al-Qaeda to launch operations and -- Of course I -- that's why Afghanistan matters it's for US strategic interests we cannot allow -- haven where al-Qaeda and the Taliban could collaborate to launch against our allies.
Or us or further destabilize the region so it's all about our our protection and our you know that America's future in the world.
That's why it matters the -- -- Afghanistan -- -- tragic we set a timeline when we could have set the conditions they handed over Afghans to prevent the Taliban from slowly taking over.
Captain Pete headset.
Thanks so much for being with us.
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