Marine from NJ says he is ‘cautious’ about Biden’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Afghanistan on Thursday to speak with leaders there.

News 12 Staff

Apr 15, 2021, 11:15 PM

Updated 1,132 days ago

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United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Afghanistan on Thursday to speak with leaders there.
The meetings game a day after President Joe Biden said that he will pull out all remaining U.S. troops from the region later this year. But that decision struck a chord with some veterans who served in the war-torn country.
John Roth served in the Marine Corps Reserves and was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. He says that he views the president’s decision as a positive development. But he also views the decision with caution.
“It’s always good to have the guys home. That’s the ultimate goal, is to bring everybody back home. But hopefully we don’t repeat history,” Roth says.
Roth says that he is concerned that without a U.S. presence in Afghanistan, the accomplishments of troops who served in America's longest war could slip away. He cites the aftermath of a troop pullout from Iraq a decade ago.
“Knowing that our country has left a good mark, that we actually have some kind of security left,” Roth says.
Biden plans to pull out the remaining 2,500 troops by Sept. 11, which will be the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center terror attack. It was that attack that led to the U.S. invasion in 2001.
NATO also plans to pull out its 7,000 non-American forces in the coming months.
Roth, who is now a Jackson Township police officer, launched a nonprofit upon completing his service called Recalibrate. It organizes wellness events for veterans.


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