U.S. Policy Toward Afghanistan ‘Is Hard, Takes Time’: Mattis

(Last Updated On: July 29, 2017 3:02 pm)

U.S. Defense Secretary, James Mattis says the Trump administration is “close” to finalizing a plan going forward in Afghanistan.

Mattis emphasized that putting together an overall strategy “takes time” and added, “this is hard work so you’ve got to get it right, that’s all there is to it and we are working to get it right.”

“If you go back and you look at why did we win World War II, and then you look at what happened in Korea — by the way, we’re still at war, armistice, no peace treaty. Vietnam, you know how that went. You move forward, Iraq and what happened there,” Mattis told reporters. “If you don’t get the big ideas right, and this is not easy. I’ve done tactics. I’ve done operations. I’ve done strategy. Strategy is orders of magnitude more difficult.”

“It’s easy only for the people who criticize it from the outside and don’t carry the responsibility for integrating it all together, diplomatic, economic, long-term views, short-term urgencies, that sort of thing,” he added. “And so, as you put it together, it just takes time. It just takes time.”

In the meantime, the Afghan government says their demands and orders have been considered in U.S. new strategy toward Afghanistan.

However, what are the demands of Kabul?

Continuation of cooperation based on security agreement

-Existing the current situation in Afghanistan

-Serious fight against terrorism

-Need pressure on state sponsored terrorism

-Strengthening ground and air forces

Previously U.S. officials have said the new strategy will be announced by mid July and seriously stressed on its announcement.

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