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Your Turn: What to Do About Afghanistan

by Countable | 8.21.17

President Donald Trump will deliver an address to the nation Monday night at 9pm EDT outlining the administration’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan, which is already the longest military conflict in U.S. history as it approaches its 16th year.

Prior to his election as president, Trump called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but tonight he is expected to announce plans to deploy additional troops to help train the Afghan military and carry out counterterrorism missions.

The war has come at a heavy toll — over 2,200 American troops have been killed and another 20,000 wounded in Afghanistan at a cost of $714 billion.

Advisers fear that a withdrawal would likely result in the Taliban toppling the Afghan government, which would provide terror groups on the ground in the country such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Haqqani Network with a safe haven.

On this question, the people’s opinion is critical. It’s Your Turn — take the floor. Tell the Countable community what you think by leaving a comment below; we’ll be reading your words and featuring many of your ideas in our news feed.

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  • Suzanne
    08/21/2017
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    If trump wants to send people to Afghanistan he can start with his kids!!

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  • Jonathan
    08/21/2017
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    Everything should be blocked. It's clear this entire administration is incapable of representing the American people over their own personal interests. Pass nothing, stop everything until they're removed.

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  • Wjnewell00
    08/21/2017
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    Trump is an idiot and has absolutely no credibility on any issue. He would be better served to have General Mattis or McMasters deliver this message. No one can believe a word out of this man's mouth.

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  • Andy1
    08/21/2017
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    Leave. Let's focus on domestic terrorism- that is by far the bigger threat. We are spending way to much over there. That money could be spent on schools, infrastructure, or a host of other things that would help instead of hurt our country

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  • Jennifer
    08/21/2017
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    It's quite clear that before his election, Trump had no real knowledge of how to run a military and of our military operations at home and abroad. This is why he made the empty promise to remove troops from Afghanistan. He has demonstrated that he still has no knowledge of the military, let alone anything else. Hopefully, he will heed the advice of those who are actually fighting and risking their lives to protect our country and others, too. A withdrawal of American troops is not appropriate until the U.S. can really say the innocent people of Afghanistan are safe which will also translate to increased safety of Americans.

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  • Maureen
    08/21/2017
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    He wants us to TRUST HIM??? No effing way, pull out completely. My guess is that he wants to 'privatize' it completely now. He knows nothing about the war, the only intel he gets is from Fox & Friends. He doesn't read his DB's. So, he's not outsourcing the war, but it sounds like there really is no plan. A forever war.

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  • Edward
    08/21/2017
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    Unfortunately, the US has made the same mistake that every invader of Afghanistan has made: we have indulged in the myth that we can change the country. We should withdraw and allow the country to heal from the immense damage we have done since 1979. We may not like the immediate results of our ignorant meddling, but we should have though about that earlier. Unfortunately our political and military leaders have been ignorant of the country and culture we invaded.

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  • Laura
    08/21/2017
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    Pull out! They've been fighting there since the existence of mankind. The only reason tump and his billionaire administration will want the military to stay in Afghanistan is due their interest in minerals, not our military.

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  • Carrie
    08/21/2017
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    President Trump is playing a dangerous game of distraction using our servicemen as pawns and his ego as the king.

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  • Christine
    08/21/2017
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    No country has ever won a war in Afghanistan. djt knows nothing about anything and goes by what he "feels." Our quandary is that this is an idealogical war. An ideology can not be killed with weapons. The world has to start employing young men and educating them about who ISIS, al-queda and the taliban are. Put more $ into stopping their online recruitment efforts which includes djt shutting his ignorant mouth. If we do that along with continuing to train the Afghan military partnering with other countries, we may see some progress. Thank God bannon and erik prince are out of this so their privatization idea is dead.

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  • Jerry
    08/21/2017
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    I think we have to be careful not to make a void in protection if we pull out completely. President Trump certainly has a better insight into what is going on there and has a better overall idea of what to do using all of his military and civilian advisers. Be careful not to repeat past history. I am confident that we will make a good decision.

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  • Robert
    08/21/2017
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    Whatever Trump decides, I want that supported by definitive statements by multiple generals saying they recommended the action to be taken and that Trump did not make this decision only by using his "good brain."

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  • DrRichSwier
    08/21/2017
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    Win! Unconditional surrender of the radical Islamists. No retreat no surrender to those who want all, Muslim, Christian and Jew alike, dead or in enslaved.

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  • Chris
    08/21/2017
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    Bring our troops home. Why are we there? Is your child's life worth continuing this war? Mine isn't!!

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  • Warren
    08/21/2017
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    I would leave to the experts in the military. I would hope the President would listen to them. Although it may hurt hie ego. Just let him keep saying I.

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  • Monica
    08/21/2017
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    I would like to know what Mattis and McMaster think about Afghanistan... Not Donny John!

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  • Elizabeth
    08/21/2017
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    Leave. Let's focus on domestic terrorism- that is by far the bigger threat. We are spending way to much over there. That money could be spent on schools, infrastructure, or a host of other things that would help instead of hurt our country

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  • Mary
    08/21/2017
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    I am worried that the current administration is using the war in Afghanistan as a distraction to keep the country from focusing on his latest political problem with his slow response to the Charlottesville protest and murder of Heather Meyer by a White Nationalist. This president has proven himself to be unfit to hold office. His judgment is untrustworthy. Please hold-off on further action on Afghanistan. I have heard that he wants to use Bayrock and Eric Prince to go to war for us. That is the same man who is currently under investigation in the Russia investigation. His company has also been involved in past wars when many of his soldiers where indicted for their actions. It is time for Congress to step in and put an end to the madness of this presidency. Censure is not enough. Our country is in a civil crisis. He has not addressed that, nor can he. Please remove him from office before he brings the country down. 45 can never do anything to untarnish his presidency.

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  • Thelaststripper
    08/21/2017
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    I no longer believe the United States is in the business of "winning " wars. We allow rampant arms sales to volatile countries without a second thought. We are now in the "business of war". We evidently like profits from arms sales and spending $$$ on private security. We are chumps.

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  • Dale
    08/21/2017
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    Absolutely no mercenaries! A private army would turn out to be Trump's private army.

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