General John Nicholson said during a recent interview via satellite that under the Obama administration, the enemy in Afghanistan thought the U.S. had lost its will.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Top U.S. General in Afghanistan: Enemy Believed We Lost Our Will During Obama Administration
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said on Wednesday that the enemy believed the United States lost its will to fight during the Obama administration.
Nicholson held a briefing from Kabul with reporters in the Pentagon via satellite and CNN correspondent Barbara Starr asked Nicholson about the South Asia Strategy, which was rolled out by President Donald Trump in August 2017.
Nicholson also said that there was increased communication on the development of a strategy in Afghanistan during the beginning of the Trump administration.
“At the time that I joined this mission as the last commander appointed by President Obama, we were on a glide path to reduce our forces and eventually to close down the mission, and so at that time the enemy had no incentive to negotiate because we were leaving,” Nicholson said. “So in war, which is a contest of wills, the enemy believed that we had lost our will to win and that all they needed to do was wait us out.”
Interesting how things turned around in the beginning of 2017. What changed?