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General Milley Calls Rushed Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan a ‘Strategic Mistake’

General Milley Calls Rushed Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan a ‘Strategic Mistake’ by Thomas Gibbons-Neff – New York Times

Withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan too soon would be a “strategic mistake,” President Trump’s nominee for Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman said Thursday, clearly outlining the Pentagon’s position as the White House wrestles with whether to pull military forces and end the 18-year war.

“I think it is slow, it’s painful, it’s hard — I spent a lot of my life in Afghanistan — but I also think it’s necessary,” Gen. Mark A. Milley, the nominee, said about the American military’s continuing mission at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

General Milley’s tough line on the war comes as the United States and the Taliban navigate their seventh round of peace negotiations

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Withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan too soon would be a “strategic mistake,” President Trump’s nominee for Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman said Thursday, clearly outlining the Pentagon’s position as the White House wrestles with whether to pull military forces and end the 18-year war.

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Question:

If, in fact, the "withdrawing" of America's diplomatic and military presence worldwide -- and, indeed, America withdrawing more from the world in general -- if some version of this such statement IS, IN FACT, OUR STRATEGY. 

Then, and accordingly, is it not:

a.  Only in relation to this such "withdrawal" strategy that:

b.  One proposal (sooner) -- or another (later) -- might be considered to be "a strategic mistake?"  This,

c.  In Afghanistan and, indeed, elsewhere?

(Herein, to note that:

a.  After the Old Cold War, U.S. strategy was best understood in terms of "Enlargement?"

The successor to a doctrine of containment must be a strategy of enlargement -- enlargement of the world's free community of market democracies.

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/lakedoc.html   Whereas:    

b.  Today, U.S. strategy is best understood in terms of "Withdrawal?" 

"We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government, but we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.”

“Strong sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.”

https://qz.com/1081499/unga-2017-trump-mentioned-sovereignty-21-times-in-a-speech-heralding-a-new-american-view-of-the-world/ )