Photo: Massive US military cargo plane transports fleeing Afghans

Former US Army Ranger Tom Amenta
Former US Army Ranger Tom Amenta CNN

Former US Army Ranger Tom Amenta, who served two tours in Afghanistan, says all veterans want to get out of Afghanistan, “but this isn’t the way,” and that America will end up returning to the country.

“All of us want to find a way to get us out, but this isn’t the way. We are going to go back to Afghanistan at some point because, we haven’t … rooted out terrorism,” Amenta said. “We have just given back to that country the group that harbored and kept Osama bin Laden safe.”

Despite 20 years of US military presence in Afghanistan, the Taliban seem “20 years smarter, 20 years wiser and 20 years better prepared,” and look fully disciplined, Amenta said.

“Now, they look the way we train people in how to fight,” he told CNN.

Amenta disputes the argument that the Afghan army did not have the will to fight.

“Knowing how much they sacrificed — not getting paid properly because of government corruption, not being fed properly — and to somehow say that they lacked the will when 45,000 of them perished over the past six years? That’s disingenuous at best, in my opinion. They fought very hard.”

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