Many have said that President Donald Trump could do something as amazing as announce a cure for cancer and Democrats would somehow find a way to impeach him for it, given that any bipartisan relationships between the White House and the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives are virtually non-existent.
According to the Washington Examiner, however, at least one top House Democrat agrees with the president on the key issue of drawing down troops in Afghanistan, with top-ranking House Democrat Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) recently breaking ranks and endorsing Trump’s plan to quickly return U.S. troops from the war-torn country.
Smith, who serves as the House Armed Services Committee Chairman, agreed with the White House’s ambitious plan to bring back all American troops from Afghanistan during a recent webinar hosted by the Center for a New American Security.
“You know, we’ve been there almost 20 years now. I think it’s pretty clear that our military is not going to solve that problem,” Smith said, while adding that there are still plenty of risks to consider in bringing the remaining 4,000 U.S. troops home who are currently stationed there.
One key risk that politicians on both sides of the aisle are keenly aware of is the possibility that Afghanistan reverts back to a terrorist haven after U.S. troops are fully removed from the area, but Smith insisted that with the use of various diplomatic tools, intel and partners in the region that the terror threat could be greatly mitigated.
Smith, not unexpectedly, took a shot at the Trump administration for claiming that the troop return would somehow happen before the end of 2020, adding that Congress or the Pentagon has yet to receive any official plans that would detail the pull-out.
“There’s no plan to get out by Christmas. There’s not. The White House hasn’t submitted one, the Pentagon doesn’t have one,” the chairman said.
Bolstering that claim was a recent report by the Military Times that top U.S. military leaders were “blindsided” by Trump’s recent assertion that all remaining troops would be coming home by Christmas, echoing claims that there were no plans for such a drastic action.
Having said that, military leaders and politicians alike should be well aware at this point that Trump is capable of moving mountains when he has his mind set on a given objective.
Giving troops hope that they’ll be home by Christmas is not something that Trump would say lightly and it shouldn’t be a surprise — whatsoever — if the White House soon announces a gloriously ambitious plan to do just that.