PHILADELPHIA: The Obama Administration’s Af-Pak policy is “terrible” and the idea to pull out American troops from Afghanistan is “one of the stupidest things”, said a former Mayor of New York City during 9/11 attacks.
“I think their policy there (in Afghanistan and Pakistan) has been terrible,” Rudy Giuliani, the Mayor of New York City during 9/11 attacks, told PTI on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention here.
“He (Obama) has not consistently perused the tracking down and removing the Taliban, which still remains and remnants of Al-Qaeda,” he said in response to a question on the Af-Pak policy of the Obama Administration.
“Of course, we are tied up now with the Islamic State, but al-Qaeda is still there, Taliban is still there. I am not a big believer in pulling our troops out. I thought the whole idea of pulling our troops out was one of the stupidest thing that I ever heard,” Giuliani said.
“I have never heard of a war fought on a time-table,” he said.
Giuliani said the policy of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, if he comes to power, should be to ensure that there is enough American troops in Afghanistan so that “we can interfere and eventually eliminate people” who are planning to come to the US and the west to kill people.
“Our goal should be unconditional victory against Islamic extremist terrorists who are planning to kill priest, to kill people in Germany, to kill people in France, to kill people in Brussels, to kill people in the US and who knows where they are going to go next,” he said.
“You are going to see more of that because the Islamic terrorist groups have taken the measure of Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton and what they see, we think, have backed down.
“As a leader, you draw a line in the sand and you say, if you cross that line, I am going to take serious military action against you. The minute you do not take serious military action when that person crosses that line, they have figured out that you are weak,” he added.