Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy (R) spoke out this week to say that he believes that the United States will “be drawn back into conflict” in Afghanistan after President Joe Biden withdraws troops this year.
“Trey, Congressman Mike Waltz from Florida, a Green Beret, in Congress made a good point in Lucas’s piece earlier about the Afghanistan military bases there being on the western flank of China and the southern flank of Russia and the eastern flank of Iran, and they won’t be there in case those places are in need or we need to respond to something in one of those countries,” said Fox News host Bret Baier.
“Yes, Bret. I think the congressman was talking hypothetically if there is a conflict over Taiwan. Look, reasonable minds differ on this. It’s a complicated issue,” Gowdy replied. “But Bret, it’s been a long war, but, unfortunately the war is not over. I get that there are people who are tired of fighting it, but it is not over, and it won’t be over in our lifetime.”
“I can tell you having served on the Intelligence Committee, I have no doubt that the United States will be able to gather intelligence even if we withdraw,” he added. “But I do have doubts on whether or not we will be able to act on it. The general referred to an over the horizon force. That’s great, but it’s not as good as an around the corner force. I think we are going to be drug back in to conflict. The question is, how quick can we get there?”
Contributor Katie Pavlich chimed in as well, saying, “I think it’s really important to point out that during the press conference today they made it very clear that although we are taking U.S. troops out of that country, we are still going to be paying, as American taxpayers, for Afghanistan.”
“You talk to Secretary Bob Gates last night and he made that same point. He said when the Russians were propping up the Afghan government, they were successful,” she added. “But as soon as the Soviet Union collapsed, the Taliban essentially gained a lot more control. So the United States taxpayer is still going to be in Afghanistan funding the Afghan government, and they are hoping that they can keep the Taliban at bay.”