After 20 years of constant conflict, the troops are coming home.
The full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 2021 presents a tremendous victory for the American people, and particularly the military veterans who organized so hard to bring this moment to pass. President Biden is keeping his promise to voters by accomplishing what his predecessors could not, and as the veterans who fought this war, we strongly agree with him: it is time to come home.
The United States accomplished its core mission of defeating Al Qaeda, and has subsequently lacked a strategic vision in Afghanistan for years—countless American and Afghan lives have been lost as a result. The President’s decision to end this longest conflict in American history will save countless more, and we commend his administration’s decision to finally bring it to a close.
An end to the war in Afghanistan would not be possible without the pressure applied by grassroots organizers and advocates for the past two decades. Powerful coalitions, many led by Afghanistan veterans themselves, deserve immense credit for their unwavering commitment to peace. Common Defense veterans played a leading role in building consensus within the Democratic Party, with seven of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and numerous members of Congress signing the “End The Forever War” pledge, as well as waging an intense grassroots advocacy campaign in recent months, engaging thousands of veterans, calling for an Afghanistan withdrawal.
As a deadline of September 11 now looms, the Biden administration must proceed to immediately begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops and military resources in Afghanistan. Furthermore, Congress must move to repeal—and not replace—the 2001 authorization for the use of military force. As additional details of this withdrawal come to light, Common Defense looks forward to working with the Biden administration to ensure this deadline is met and that once and for all, our forever wars end.
Team Common Defense