Albany Co. Legislature chairman who trained Afghan troops not surprised by outcome
As dramatic and upsetting as the developments in Afghanistan are, not everyone is completed surprised by them.
Chairman of the Albany County Legislature, Andrew Joyce, was formerly part of the Army National Guard’s efforts to train Afghan troops. He says it doesn’t matter how long the U.S. stayed there. This was always going to be the outcome.
"The Taliban are the personification of seasoned fighters. They’ve been doing this forever. They’ve been doing this for hundreds of years," said Joyce. "Fighting empires and fighting large occupying forces is something that has been brought down through generation through generation."
Joyce says the Taliban is not a group inclined to work with other governments, but he does not foresee another situation where they or allied nations would harbor terrorists.
He says the U.S. needs to make it clear it would get involved again if that were the case.