During a segment on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, Mar. 1, Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) expressed his support of the Trump administration’s peace deal with the Taliban.
“This decision by the administration is 100% correct,” said Rose, an Afghan war veteran who received the bronze star and Purple Heart, reported the Daily Caller.
“We have got to focus on politics now in our longest-standing war. If we continue to only focus on combat, then this war will continue in perpetuity. We now see soldiers enlisting in the United States military who were not born when we first sent our soldiers to Afghanistan,” he added.
The Trump administration signed a peace agreement with the Taliban on Saturday, Feb. 29, aiming at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Under the deal, the United States will draw its forces out of Afghanistan over the next several months. A complete pullout will be in 14 months if the Taliban meets its commitments to prevent terrorism.
In a statement issued on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the president’s decision “an important initial step toward advancing security and stability in Afghanistan.”
“However, many significant additional steps remain to achieve comprehensive and enduring peace,” she added.
In December, Rose broke with his caucus to vote against the resolution led by Pelosi that limited President Trump’s war powers against Iran.
In an interview with “America’s Newsroom” on Monday, Rose restated that President Trump’s decision is the “simple and unequivocal right move” and raised concerns that his fellow Democrats are “opposing” all the president’s foreign policy decisions solely for partisan reasons.
“I am perpetually concerned that the Democrats’ foreign policy is just being opposed to whatever the president does,” he said.
Rose added that Democrats cannot be opposed to the Taliban peace deal “blindly” and they “should all be rallying behind this, making it a bipartisan solution and putting the country first.”
According to the Saturday agreement, the Taliban and Afghanistan would start the talks of reconciliation next month. The United States is also working for a “complete cease-fire,” which will be discussed in Oslo on March 10.