US Senator John McCain is vexed over the Obama administration's plans to close the remaining US military bases in Afghanistan and significantly diminish the number of American troops — from 9,800 to 1,000 — in the region by the end of 2016; according to the politician, Washington is digging its own grave.
"A calendar-based withdrawal — that would be a tragedy, and in my view, an opening for the Taliban to gain and create success here in Afghanistan," John McCain said in an official statement in Kabul.
"The Taliban still has significant capabilities, and those capabilities can best be countered by continued US military support and without that the place is at risk," the US Senator insisted.
The politician deems that the US troop withdrawal will also play into ISIL's (the Islamic State) hands.
John McCain shared his views on the issue after a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He said that he supports Ghani's appeal for a throughout intelligence assessment of the situation on the ground aimed at determining the proper size of the US military presence in Afghanistan after 2016.
There are currently 9,800 US troops in the region, while in 2011 the number of US military servicemen amounted to around 100,000.