This determination about Afghanistan is not only about Afghanistan. It’s about ending an period of main navy operations to remake different international locations. We noticed a mission of counterterrorism in Afghanistan, getting the terrorists to cease the assaults, morph right into a counterinsurgency, nation constructing, attempting to create a democratic, cohesive and united Afghanistan. One thing that has by no means been carried out over many centuries of Afghan’s historical past. Transferring on from that mind-set and people type of large-scale troop deployments will make us stronger and more practical and safer at dwelling.
And for anybody who will get the flawed thought, let me say clearly: To those that want America hurt, to these engaged in terrorism in opposition to us or our allies, know this. The US won’t ever relaxation. We is not going to forgive. We is not going to neglect. We are going to hunt you all the way down to the ends of the Earth, and you’ll pay the final word value.
Let me be clear. We’ll proceed to help the Afghan folks via diplomacy, worldwide affect and humanitarian assist. We are going to proceed to push for regional diplomacy engagement to stop violence and instability. We’ll proceed to talk out for the fundamental rights of the Afghan folks, particularly girls and women, as we communicate out for ladies and women throughout the globe.
And I’ve been clear that human rights would be the middle of our international coverage. However the best way to try this shouldn’t be via countless navy deployments, however via diplomacy, financial instruments and rallying the remainder of the world for help.
My fellow People, the conflict in Afghanistan is now over. I’m the fourth president that should face the problem of whether or not and when to finish this conflict. Once I was operating for president, I made a dedication to the American those who I’d finish this conflict. Immediately I’ve honored that dedication. It was time to be trustworthy with the American folks once more. We now not had a transparent objective in an open-ended mission in Afghanistan. After 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, I refuse to ship one other technology of America’s little children to combat a conflict that ought to have ended way back.
After greater than $2 trillion spent in Afghanistan — prices that researchers at Brown College estimated could be over $300 million a day for 20 years in Afghanistan. For 20 years. Sure. The American folks ought to hear this: $300 million a day for 20 years. You are taking the variety of one trillion, as many say, that’s nonetheless $150 million a day for 20 years. And what have we misplaced as a consequence when it comes to alternatives?
I refuse to proceed a conflict that was now not within the service of the very important nationwide pursuits of our folks. And most of all, after 800,000 People serving in Afghanistan — I’ve traveled that entire nation. Courageous and honorable service. After 20,744 American servicemen and -women injured, and the lack of 2,461 American personnel, together with 13 lives misplaced simply this week, I refuse to open one other decade of warfare in Afghanistan.