The Taliban in Afghanistan is stronger than ever, and the Afghan security forces’ ranks are thinned after heavy losses in 2018. Now, more than ever, the Afghan government needs U.S. support, so a future troop drawdown should be carefully planned to avoid a withdrawal that creates a vacuum that benefits the Taliban.
After over two decades in Afghanistan, the U.S. has nothing more to give. The nation-building attempt has failed: it’s time to acknowledge this reality, bring U.S. troops home, and focus on counterterrorism efforts alone. It should be up to the Afghan government to stand on its own against the Taliban.