At the time of the Trump deal with, obviously, the Taliban, I felt that that was a mistake to have done it that way. That, we'll all, as an international community, probably pay the consequences of that. I think that deal that was done in Doha was a rotten deal. — Ben Wallace, British defense secretary
At the time of the Trump deal with, obviously, the Taliban, I felt that that was a mistake to have done it that way. That, we'll all, as an international community, probably pay the consequences of that. I think that deal that was done in Doha was a rotten deal. — Ben Wallace, British defense secretary
Top generals testify that Trump's deal with the Taliban hurt morale among Afghan forces and 'negatively' affected their performance
  • Two top generals said the Doha agreement negotiated by the Trump administration impacted Afghan forces.
  • The deal with the Taliban "negatively" affected Afghan troop morale, the CENTCOM commander said.
  • Allies and partners have expressed similar judgements critical of the deal with the insurgents.
Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking US general, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that Afghan forces lost its will and that it is his assessment that the Doha agreement "did affect the morale of the Afghan security forces."

Commander of US Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the top US general in the Middle East, went further, saying that the agreement with the Taliban signed in February 2020 "did negatively affect the performance of the Afghan forces in particular by some of the actions the government of Afghanistan was required to take as part of that agreement."

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also said in the same hearing that the Doha agreement "severely impacted the morale of the military."

The Doha agreement established a timeline and framework for the US to withdraw from Afghanistan. It excluded the Afghan government from the talks and called for the Taliban to reduce its attacks against the government and civilians, a clause the Biden administration said it had violated. Still, President Joe Biden moved forward with implementing the agreement on a delayed timetable.

... The British defense secretary, days before that op-ed came out, raised similar concerns in an interview with Sky News, a British media outlet.

"At the time of the Trump deal with, obviously, the Taliban, I felt that that was a mistake to have done it that way," Ben Wallace said. "That, we'll all, as an international community, probably pay the consequences of that."

"I think that deal that was done in Doha was a rotten deal," the secretary said.

"It told a Taliban that wasn't winning that they were winning, and it undermined the government of Afghanistan, and now we're in this position where the Taliban have clearly the momentum across the country," he said as the Taliban swept across Afghanistan.

Commenting on the collapse of the Afghan security forces, Milley said Tuesday that while "many units did fight at the very end," the "vast majority put their weapons down and melted away."


An Afghan special forces officer last month told The Washington Post that Trump's withdrawal deal demoralized Afghan troops and made a Taliban takeover appear inevitable. "The day the deal was signed we saw the change. Everyone was just looking out for himself," the officer said.
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