The American people are weary of war without victory. Nowhere is this more evident than with the war in Afghanistan. The longest war in American history, 17 years. I share the American people's frustration. My original instinct was to pull out. And historically, I like following my instincts. But all of my life, I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.
The consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and Al Qaeda would instantly fill just as happened before September 11th. America will continue it's support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban.
Terrorists take heed, America will never let up until you are dealt a lasting defeat.