In September 2014, Pete Buttigieg left Kabul after a seven-month deployment.
The South Bend mayor said that, at the time, he figured he would be one of the last U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Five years later, however, Buttigieg is running for president while nearly 14,000 American troops remain in the country. “We need to wrap this up quickly,” he told CBS News about the conflict there, which has now eclipsed Vietnam as the longest war in U.S. history.
“The one thing that everybody should be able to agree on, Democrats, Republicans, the Afghan government, the Taliban, the international community, and me is that we are leaving,” Buttigieg said.