President Trump is planning to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. "Trump is frustrated with the lack of progress in America's endless war," Terpstra says. The war against the Taliban has been going on for eighteen years now, and the results are very poor. However, an accelerated withdrawal from the US military will make the situation worse than it already is.
It would be better if America stayed in Afghanistan until the upcoming presidential election. The moment a new president is elected, America could gradually withdraw from the area. "This would prevent a direct power vacuum, and moreover, the United States could place more weight in the negotiations with the Taliban," Terpstra concludes.