“All wars must end,” said Miller, who was appointed in place of Mark Esper, who was abruptly fired on Monday by incumbent President Donald Trump.
“The end of wars requires compromises and partnerships. I took up the challenge; I gave everything. It’s time to go home, “Miller insisted in a letter posted on the Defense Department’s website.
The new Pentagon chief, a former lieutenant of the Special Forces, does not directly mention any location. But referring to the war against the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, he seems to be referring primarily to Afghanistan and Iraq, where many American soldiers were deployed following the attacks of September 11, 2001, writes AFP.
Donald Trump, who had promised to end the “endless wars”, said he wanted to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 in early 2021 and even mentioned a total withdrawal for Christmas.
Even if he does not publicly criticize the White House’s position, some officers say in particular that they formally oppose a figure of less than 4,500 soldiers, as long as the violence does not subside on the ground.
They note that an orderly withdrawal, including the transportation of thousands of soldiers with their equipment, will not be fully realized until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, unless it leaves behind the weapons that the enemies of the United States would could capture.