U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, said she is looking forward to the briefing members of Congress will receive next week to learn more President Biden’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.
“The two critical things I’ll be looking to hear come directly from the original goals of this war,” Slotkin said. “First, what will the security architecture look like to ensure that terrorists don’t reconstitute and prepare attacks against us or our allies?”
Slotkin said that many Michiganders want out of Afghanistan after 20 years of war, but they also want to know that pulling out won’t allow terrorists to reorganize and threaten the U.S. again.
“Secondly, what is the diplomatic plan for maintaining some insight and leverage in Kabul? If preventing international terrorist attacks is connected to the county living up to basic international norms and standards, we’ll need a significant diplomatic plan to ensure Kabus isn’t descending into chaos.”
That diplomatic presence is what will likewise give the U.S. early warning if things are going in the wrong direction.
“While most people I know want to get out, no one wants to have to go back in, as we did with Iraq,” Slotkin said. “While there are no perfect options for getting out of Afghanistan, there are important factors that directly impact U.S. national security. That’s what I’ll be eager to learn about from Secretaries Blinken and Austin next week.”