Afghan war veteran/local police chief reacts to war withdrawal

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (WJTV) – A day after the last United States troops left Afghanistan, President Joe Biden declared an end to America’s longest war on Tuesday.

Crystal Springs Police Chief Tony Hemphill was ordered to deploy to Afghanistan in 2003 as an A-5 sergeant. He said the decision by President Biden to end this war may hurt America more than it helps it. 

August 31st was the deadline for evacuating Afghanistan, and the president defended the decision on Tuesday. He said he “respectfully disagrees” with those who said America should’ve started mass evacuation sooner and in a more orderly manner.

Hemphill said a plan should have been inplace and that the safe way is to have phases of an evacuation plan.

More than 120,000 people, including 6,000 Americans, were evacuated from the Kabul airport before the deadline. In the process, tens of millions of dollars of equipment were left behind and 13 military service members were killed.

Hemphill thinks this entire process will be something that America will have to pay for.

“We have lost some friends and lost respect in the eyes of some of our allies, and our enemies who are now saying that America is not the same as it was years ago,” said Hemphill.

He agreed that the country needs to be out of Afghanistan, but not completely.

“Afghanistan is strategic in our mission in the Middle East. Now, we don’t have that area that. We already have set up to defend against terror,” he said.

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