Published December 20, 2015
Mara Liasson said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the administration’s plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan would be under much closer scrutiny if the terror attack that killed at least 141 people at a military-run school in Pakistan had occurred in Afghanistan instead.
“This happened in Pakistan, but the worry is it could have happened in Afghanistan,” said Liasson, the national political correspondent of National Public Radio. “If it happened in Afghanistan, it would have been much more… on our plate. We’re supposed to be training the Afghan forces so they can prevent this kind of thing.”
The attack in Pakistan came only a day after the president reiterated in New Jersey that combat operations are coming to an end in Afghanistan.
“I think we… dodged a bullet here,” Liasson said, adding, “Because it happened in Pakistan, a place where the United States doesn’t have troops.”