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'We actually won the war we needed to fight': Trump's pick for ambassador to Afghanistan on why it's time to get out

Added 01-21-21 01:14:03pm EST - “"The future of Afghanistan needs to be determined by Afghans," William Ruger, Trump's nominee to be US ambassador there, told Insider.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “'We actually won the war we needed to fight': Trump's pick for ambassador to Afghanistan on why it's time to get out”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US war in Afghanistan reached its 19th anniversary in October, with several thousand US troops still on the ground, a presence that has been prolonged by the gradual expansion of the US mission there.

"We've actually accomplished quite a bit and ... we actually won the war we needed to fight," William Ruger, vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, told Insider in an interview this month.

Ruger took leave from his job as a college professor teaching courses on international security to deploy to Afghanistan as a Navy intelligence officer from 2008 to 2009. A decade later, former President Donald Trump nominated Ruger to be US ambassador there.

The US needed to do three things in Afghanistan, Ruger said: decimate Al Qaeda's ability to strike the US, punish the Taliban for supporting terrorism against the US, and capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

"We've accomplished all three," Ruger added. "We failed once we expanded the war aims beyond what was both necessary for us and accomplishable."

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