Win Without War Director Stephen Miles released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump is considering a plan devised by his military and foreign policy advisers that would involve sending thousands more American troops to fight in Afghanistan:
“Sixteen years after the initial U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, there’s nothing a few thousand more troops will do to tip the scales now. America’s longest war simply does not have a military solution, and it’s long past time it ends.
Afghanistan’s problems — endemic corruption, a non-representative political system, and the hardships that nearly four decades of war have brought — will not be solved with more American bombs or boots on the ground.
“President Trump campaigned on disengaging from America’s disastrous and endless wars, and if those promises contained any amount of truth — however unlikely that is — he would immediately reject this fool’s errand.
“But if President Trump ultimately chooses to accept this plan, he must tell the American people what he intends to achieve, how putting more U.S. troops in harm’s way will help him reach that goal, and how he’s going to pay for a war that has already cost American taxpayers trillions.
We won’t hold our breaths.”