Gen. David Petraeus, appearing on “The Rita Cosby Show” on WABC Radio, decried the situation in Afghanistan as a preventable catastrophe.
The situation Petreaus says is “catastrophic … for the United States and the world … a serious mistake [by the U.S.] … an enormous national security setback.”
“There are no good outcomes here…” Petraeus added. “[This is] tragic, regrettable, frankly preventable. [And] this did not have to turn out this way … Going to be a complete meltdown of a country.”
Petraeus, the former commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan and former CIA Director, said that those who decided to pull out of Afghanistan now “have to own it … The results cannot be sugarcoated … Don’t put lipstick on a pig, it undermines your credibility.”
The general then warned that if Kabul falls, “it is a blow to our reputation around the world.”