THE WORLDPOST
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mikhail Gorbachev Supports US Withdrawal From Afghanistan (Video)

Mikhail Gorbachev supports a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The former president of the Soviet Union spoke to CNN's John King Sunday on State Of The Union and after talking about the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev suggested that the US revisit the Kremlin's efforts to control Afghanistan as the US plans its next move.

"I think that what's needed is not additional forces," said Gorbachev. "This is something that we discussed, too, years ago, and we decided not to do it. And I think our experience deserves attention." McClatchy has reported that President Obama is leaning toward sending as many as 34,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. The Soviet Union fought for nine years in Afghanistan in a war to support Afghanistan's then-communist government. The USSR ultimately lost the war and 13,000 of its soldiers died.

Gorbachev concluded that for the US, "withdrawal from Afghanistan should be the goal."