I waited all day for the president to come before the country and explain his “New deal” for Afghanistan.
So far I have not been impressed with any of our last couple of president’s plan for dealing with American’s longest war. So far it looks like the only plan we have is “not losing” in Afghanistan…..
America’s adventures in Afghanistan – dating back to the 1980s – have led to one disaster after another with President Trump and other politicians afraid to finally admit failure.
“Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense!” – Donald Trump, January 11, 2013
Taking a break from his defense of the “very fine people” who marched with Nazis in Charlottesville, President Trump will reportedly meet with his national security team today (Friday, August 18) at Camp David to discuss a far deadlier but ironically less controversial issue: the war in Afghanistan.
But all the speculation is for naught…..the Prez has outlined his
new plan” for Afghanistan….
President Trump made a rare formal address to the nation Monday night to reaffirm the US commitment in Afghanistan, but he declined to talk about troop numbers or deadlines. Those factors will be based on “conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables,” he said, adding that he doesn’t think it makes sense to tip off the enemy to specific plans. The US currently has about 8,400 non-combat troops in the country, and the president had been expected to green-light another 4,000 or so for the 16-year-old war. “I’m a problem-solver,” said Trump after outlining the situation he inherited in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia and faulting the decisions of his predecessors. But “in the end, we will win.”
Trump, speaking at Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., acknowledged that his “original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts,” reports the New York Times. But he said he changed his mind after a long review and advice from his military advisers. He said the US cannot repeat what he views as the mistake of its “hasty” exit from Iraq in 2011, which he said allowed ISIS to gain a foothold, per USA Today. Trump also called out Pakistan and said the US will “no longer be silent” as that nation provides “safe haven” for terrorists. And he also warned that the Afghan government would be held accountable as a partner. “We are not nation-building again,” he said. “We are killing terrorists.”
There you have it….the US New Plan for Afghanistan…..
Same as it has always been. And you thought we would get something different….foolish Americans!