Combat Operations aren’t Ended Unilaterally

In Afghanistan over the weekend, Team Obama waved a magic wand and declared NATO combat operations to be at an end.

There’s only one problem. The Taliban, al Qaeda and other Islamic supremacists who have been waging war against us there for the past thirteen years haven’t gotten the memo.

If this sounds familiar, it is a replay of what President Obama did a few years back in Iraq. You may have noticed how well that is working out.

We have had to wage war once again on Iraqi and now Syrian territory because you can’t “end combat operations” unilaterally – unless you surrender. The enemy gets a vote.

Our troops still in Afghanistan are at risk. Jihadists there and around the world are being emboldened. So combat operations will be intensifying, not ending.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.