A veteran of the war in Afghanistan confronted Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke over O'Rourke's claim that he would withdraw troops from Afghanistan if he was elected president, according to the Washington Examiner.
As with most issues, O'Rourke has not yet committed to any specific action plan to back up his belief that the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan as soon as possible. And that was the problem the veteran had when he approached O'Rourke at a South Carolina campaign event Friday.
Video of the interaction picks up with O'Rourke attempting to explain to the veteran that Afghanistan is no better off than it was when the war began, and that the U.S. shouldn't continue to sink money into it. As he's talking a bodyguard is standing between O'Rourke and the veteran with his arm around O'Rourke's waist.
"Right, but how are you going to get us out of there?" the veteran asked, pressing for more specifics from O'Rourke.
He would not get what he was looking for from O'Rourke's answer.
"You bring those service members back to the United States of America," O'Rourke said, again explaining what he wanted to do but not addressing the question of how he might do it. "You have the humility of understanding that as powerful as we are, we cannot determine the internal affairs of other countries."
"I understand that. But I served there. It's not as easy as just 'time to go home,'" the veteran replied, before again asking his primary question. "What's your plan for getting us out and not leaving the country the s***show it is?"
O'Rourke then launched into a longer answer about how the United States can't impose its identity on other countries, before his aides pulled him away from the conversation. Watch below:
After a day that was light on foreign policy, @BetoORourke gets pressed about Afghanistan by a local army vet. O’Ro… https://t.co/5kljy6bR15— Jamie Lovegrove (@Jamie Lovegrove)1553297567.0