by Countable | 8.21.17
Speaking before a crowd of military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, VA on Monday night, President Donald Trump delivered his first official policy address to the nation on military strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Here are the highlights of the speech:
Trump expressed a desire to avoid repeating in Afghanistan the mistakes of the Iraq drawdown, when "the vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to grow, recruit, and launch attacks."
To that end, the U.S. is expected to deploy additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan to train and advise the Afghan military and assist in counterterrorism operations. There are currently 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak of 100,000 between August 2010 and May 2011. (Specific troop levels weren't mentioned and won't be discussed by the administration.)
Trump said that Pakistan "has been a valued partner" in counterterrorism efforts, but that it “has sheltered the same organizations that try to kill our people each day” which needs to end “immediately.”
The U.S. will call on India to help with economic assistance and development in Afghanistan. It will also call on allies and partners to contribute more troops and resources to collective security efforts in Afghanistan.
Trump told the troops present that "you will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement" as a result of the administration’s policy changes, and that the U.S. “will achieve an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the enormous price many have paid” in Afghanistan.
— Eric Revell
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Why is he still president?
There he goes again, promoting, a basically military solution. I see no overriding goal or policy. Obama surged something like 20,000 troops to try to get things under control and then drew down. But without an internal Afghanistan political plan and a regional strategy, troops alone is a folly. There is no military solution!!!
I just heard a perpetual war speech by djt. God help us. We will lose more soldiers and spend endless money. From tonight on he owns the Afghanistan war. He also showed zero knowledge of diplomacy with his remarks regarding our allies Pakistan and India who have nuclear weapons pointed at each other.
What is the strategy? The goal? My God, when is this nightmare going to end. This is just another appearance of action without any accountable path.
Highlights? There is nothing high about that man, only low. He is the most unqualified person to ever hold any office of any kind. He has done nothing but drive this country and our government into the ground from the moment he set foot in that office. He doesn't deserve our respect or our attention. My heart goes out to our military for ever having to refer to that piece of crap is the commander-in-chief.
He has removed restrictions for the military so human rights went out the window. Innocent civilians will be killed so doesn't that make us terrorists too? He sounds as if he wants to start a war with Pakistan and he is spending money on our nuclear weapons. It seems that he wants to start a nuclear war. And that will affect the whole world. With having no restrictions the military can now do whatever they like. I truly feel sad for the civilians of Afghanistan. As with the civilians of all countries at war. A moment of silence for all of those who have and will die.
Does he not understand that India and Pakistan are not "close" neighbors and that this could signal a greater divide between them? Does he have any - ANY- basic global history?
What happened to the plan to defeat ISIS that was supposed to be delivered within his first 30 days?
So, if we spend another year or twelve years at war, my question is this. What does success look like? Every good businessman asks this question. So....Mr. President?
It's always "war,war,war" with republicans. We are sending our troops out there to try to stop situations that we can't help from happening anyway. It's asinine. If you want terrorists from that region to stop attacking us, we have to stop attacking them. And there's no way to tell who is a terrorist or not, so most of the time, we probably kill innocent civilians in the process of our counterattacks.
No game plan, wishful thinking, when will it end? The answer sounded a lot like Nixons Peace with Honor. Oh, and let's alienate what's left of our allies.
Wow, what a novel idea. Send in more troops to train the locals. Why has this not been tried before? Oh wait, it already has been... a lot. SMDH
Yesterday's presidential speech was only to change the conversation and distract the country from the drama and crises this president keeps creating. Let's not lose focus on Russia's influencing our election, president's support of white supremacy ideology, climate change, Muslim ban, and on and on.
President Trump has made a wise decision in this course and for the security of Afghanistan and for our country. Sounds like his meeting with the generals and getting advice and perspective was a good one.
He is so disingenuous
Pakistan, you have been a valued partner who has sheltered the enemy, so we're going to call in your foe, India, for economic assistance and development. Welcome to Gaza 2.0. This strategy comes from a guy with no military background and no appreciation of history whose aides give him one option so as not to overwhelm him. Keep in mind for him loyalty is a one-way street and he was angry when he found out we didn't have exclusive mineral rights in Afghanistan. Our usual allies won't rush to trust him with their young men, and we shouldn't either.
Donald Trump was more presidential tonight than he has been in quite some time but we've all seen this movie before. Not sure i heard anything that would lead me to believe that his Afghan strategy will succeed where other presidents have failed.
HR1666 basically ends the continued military support of Afghanistan. It's time. Administrations must use every peaceful means before sending our military forces into harms' way. End the funding.
A President that cares about American's and it's lawful citizens. The fascist liberals are trying hard to make him look bad but more Americans believe in him than the liberal left. God bless President Trump
Not only has 45 given Pakistan a left-handed compliment, he then elevates India in the same speech. This is an amazing show of diplomatic ignorance, because those two countries are frequently in conflict and flaunting preferences will almost certainly backfire.