CVA on Afghanistan agreement: ‘not a substitute for withdrawal’
Veterans group praises efforts, urges president to resist pressure to leave troops behind
ARLINGTON, Va.—Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Nate Anderson released the following statement upon the signing of an agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban:
“President Trump deserves a great deal of credit for pursuing this agreement and laying the groundwork to end the longest war in American history. But this agreement is in no way a substitute for a full withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan – an action the president has promised and closure the American people want. We accomplished what we needed to in Afghanistan by punishing the Taliban, degrading Al Qaida, and killing Osama bin Laden, and this military disengagement is long overdue. We urge President Trump to resist any pressure to use the Afghan peace process to leave troops behind in Afghanistan.”
CVA launched a $1.5 million national ad campaign in January aimed at bringing our troops home from Afghanistan.
Polling commissioned by CVA earlier this year showed 60 percent of veterans and military families would support the President if he withdrew American forces from Afghanistan.
CVA and VoteVets, traditionally bitter rivals, have joined forces to end our endless wars. Highlighting the trans-partisan nature of this vital issue, the groups have found common ground on foreign policy and have been working together in an effort to bring real, lasting policy change in Washington.