U.K. Conservative member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday in the UK's House of Commons about his fears of a "forever war."
He told MPs the events of the past week felt like "the abandonment of not just a country but the sacrifice that my friends made."
Mr. Tugendhat has been among the most critical British politicians in recent days, raising concerns about the speed of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He says it is not just soldiers but aid workers and diplomats "who feel the same".
"To see their commander-in-chief call into question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran. It's shameful," Tugendhat said Wednesday.
"Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have," he continued.
"We've demonstrated it is not armies that win wars. Armies can get tactical victories, not victories that can hold the line. They can just about make room for peace," he said. "it is nations that make war. Nations endure, mobilize, and muster. Nations determine and have patience. We have demonstrated, sadly, that we in the West, the United Kingdom, does not [have the patience]."
"The tragedy of Afghanistan is that we're swapping that patient achievement for a second fire and a second war... Now we need to turn our attention to those in desperate need."