While campaigning in South Carolina, an Afghanistan veteran approached 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on the topic of withdrawing U.S. troops, resulting in aides separating the two.
“You have the humility of understanding that, as powerful as we are, we cannot determine the internal affairs of other countries,” O’Rourke said at the event, noting he’d pull troops out after Afghanistan.
“Right, but how are you going to get us out of there?” the Afghanistan veteran responded.
When the former Texan representative responded by saying he’d just bring the troops back to U.S. soil, the veteran swiped again and said it wasn’t that easy.
“I understand that. But I served there. It’s not as easy as just ‘time to go home.’ What’s your plan for getting us out and not leaving the country the s**tshow it is?” the veteran said.
O’Rourke went on with a vague answer on his plan of “getting us out”:
“I think the longer we stay, the longer we persist in any foreign policy that has no expectation of succeeding. And as hard as that is for us to swallow as Americans, it is, in some way, accepting that we are not going to achieve every goal we have in that country.”
Following O’Rourke’s response, the 2020 hopeful’s aides interjected between the two, telling him, “We gotta go.”
Watch the video below:
After a day that was light on foreign policy, @BetoORourke gets pressed about Afghanistan by a local army vet. O’Rourke says he’d bring troops home.
“You have the humility of understanding that, as powerful as we are, we cannot determine the internal affairs of other countries.” pic.twitter.com/7UUdHWukOz
— Jamie Lovegrove (@jslovegrove) March 22, 2019
The military is expected to withdraw nearly half of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.