Steve Bannon is right on Afghanistan

The trio known in foreign policy circles as the adults of the Trump administration wants the president to send more American soldiers into Afghanistan. Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are advocating for yet another troop increase less than three years after the U.S. officially transferred all security responsibility to the Afghans. But it’s Steve Bannon, the White House’s controversial chief political strategist, whom President Trump should listen to before dispatching his advisers to brief Congress on the strategy in mid-July.

As commander-in-chief Trump has granted the U.S. military tremendous latitude to resource operations as it sees fit. So Trump may not be inclined to overrule the Pentagon’s recommendation for 3,000 to 5,000 more American trainers and advisers to support the 8,500 troops. It seems clear, though, that the administration is divided over the decision – and Steve Bannon is the most influential adviser in the White House urging Trump to think twice before deploying those forces. In fact, Bannon may be the only aide among the non-interventionist camp in the White House, which also includes senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who has sufficient access to the president to persuade him to carefully review the military’s request before approving it.

In this case, Bannon, who was removed from the National Security Council in April, is right. 

  • Alain

    I agree with Bannon on this.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      When Steve Bannon says, ‘Afghanistan! Are you fucking crazy?’
      I believe.
      He was in the military so he knows.

      • Clink9

        Viet Namistan

    • I think it fits .

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They can’t be saved.
    Halt all aid and let them go all thunder dome.

    • It is the humanitarian thing to do.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        It is for the west!

    • WalterBannon

      We don’t need another muslim,
      We don’t need to go police their home
      All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome

  • Dana Garcia

    Didn’t the left media predict a few months ago that Steve Bannon was minutes away from being fired from the White House?

    Now he’s back to being an influential advisor.

    • Funny that.

    • Alain

      I for one am glad it was fake news.

    • WalterBannon

      Bannons are resilient people, and crafty too.

  • Shebel

    If WE can’t ID our Friends or our Enemies—-
    Just stay to fuck out of their Wars.

    Let them Whittle each other Down.

  • WalterBannon

    The only thing we should deploy to Afghanistan is nerve gas, lots and lots of it. From drones.

    When nothing is left moving the mission is done.

  • Alain

    Trying to bring the concept of a nation state and democracy to primitive tribal societies is like sowing seed on serial ground in a desert. That was a failed idea from the start and only results in the loss of blood and lives of the military.

  • Ho Hum

    I hope Trump will listen to Bannon on this but he has already made a huge mistake surrounding himself with war hawks and giving them carte blanche to do whatever they like. At the end of the day the buck stops with the president and if his generals get him into a disastrous war the blame will lie 100% with Trump and he can probably forget getting reelected.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Afghans have proven to be unworthy allies. Withdraw, and if Al Qaeda and ISIS try to reestablish themselves there, send in the air force at long range to bomb the hell out of them. Enough is enough.

    • Alain