President Trump just unveiled his new, much anticipated Afghan policy. The president said that although he initially supported a total withdrawal of troops from the region, after consulting with his generals he:
“Concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense,” due to a power vacuum that would be left in the country that al-Qaida and the Islamic State could “instantly fill.”
The short story is President Trump will not unilaterally be pulling troops out of Afghanistan. Some expect he may take the Pentagon’s recommendation to add 4,000 new troops to the 8,400 already on the ground. But this is the best part of his speech, which shows how he is different from other presidents in his war strategy- he’s not giving details on what the exact strategy is:
This is the best part of his speech, which shows how he is different from other presidents in his war strategy- he’s not giving details on what the exact strategy is:
“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on.”
BOOM. That is a huge change. Obama used to just tell the entire universe how many troops were going where and for how long. President Trump put an end to that.
President Trump is aware of American concerns about the war, which has lasted 16 years and has claimed the lives of 2,386 service men and women, saying Americans are: “weary of war without victory.”
We won’t leave a power vacuum, but President Trump knows we don’t want this war to continue very much longer. Check out his whole speech here if you missed it!
President Trump has brought out his generals, they devised a plan, and they’re not going to advertise it to the whole world. Sounds like an awesome plan that will finally bring stability to Afganistan and provide terrorists with no safe haven.
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Source: Washington Times