New Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller issued his first all hands message to the men and women of the Armed Forces, calling for the end of wars and refuting America’s status as one of “perpetual war,” but he said the fight must continue until it’s over.
Secretary Miller, who was already approved by the Senate for his prior role as Counter Terrorism chief, was appointed last week to replace Mark Esper.
Miller said the war that to came to America’s shores in 2001 must be brought to its conclusion.
“This war isn’t over. We are on the verge of defeating Al Qaida and its associates, but we must avoid our past strategic error of failing to see the fight through to the finish.”
“Indeed, this fight has been long, out sacrifices have been enormous, and many are weary of war — I’m one of them — but this is the critical phase in which we transition our efforts from a leadership to supporting role. We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand and for which our ancestors fought. All wars must end.”
“Ending wars requires compromise and partnership. We met the challenge; we gave it our all. Now it’s time to come home.”