The above link will take you to Charles Pena’s blog which was published in, The National Interest. In it Pena argues that the United States has accomplished its mission in Afghanistan and should therefore pull U.S. troops out of the country.
The blog I’m writing now is my reaction to the incorrect premises Pena uses in proving his conclusion that the U.S. has accomplished its mission in Afghanistan.
Below is Pena’s syllogism:
Premise 1) Authorization for the Use of Military Force approved by Congress on September 14, 2001 was “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”
Premise 2) The Taliban was driven from power in a matter of weeks. Al Qaeda’s senior leadership was disrupted and scattered over the next few years. And Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. Special Operations Forces in May 2011.
Conclusion) So, it’s fair to say, “Mission Accomplished.”
Where did Pena find proof of a United State’s mission in premise 1 and 2?
The authorization approved on 9/14/2001 cleared the way for appropriate U.S. military force to be used in a certain context according to premise one.
Those involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks took a blow according to premise two.
There is no mention of a United State’s mission in either premise, only cited is the U.S. militaries new role.
The approval of appropriate force instated on 9/14/2001 is similar to the approval of a police body to enforce the law and prevent crime. If the police bring the crime rate down to 0%, no mission has been accomplished. It remains the police bodies role to enforce the law and prevent crime.
The congressional authorization was implemented to use appropriate force against those people and groups who carried out or aided the 9/11 attacks. Today, those groups (Taliban and Al-Qaeda) are still largely intact and growing in power.