Trump Says U.S. ‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals

We know how this movie ends.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war’s top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials.

During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war, the officials said. Trump has not met Nicholson, and the Pentagon has been considering extending his time in Afghanistan.

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In a rocky graveyard at the edge of Lashkar Gah, a local police commander was digging his sister’s grave.

Her name was Salima, but it was never uttered at her funeral. As is custom in rural Afghanistan, no women attended the ceremony, and of the dozens of men gathered to pay their respects, few had known the deceased.

Salima, like almost all women in Helmand province, had spent most of her life after puberty cloistered in her family home.

Her family said she accidentally shot herself in the face when she came across a Kalashnikov hidden under some blankets while cleaning.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    12,000 police for the City of Chicago, and they expect to tame that zoo and toilet-train them all with 4,000 grunts?

    • ain’t gonna happen.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Our Afghan allies are corrupt losers and should be abandoned. Let the Air Force deal directly with any Al Qaeda revival.

    • Watchman

      Ain’t going to happen unless you ban islam in Afghanistan: a religion which keeps its followers trapped in a 7th Century culture. The US cluelessly rewrote the Afghan constitution embedding islam and Shari’a law in the government, ignorant of the fact that islam is the basic cause of its dysfunction.

      • Alain

        Bush allowed the same thing in Iraq with the constitution which was when it was clear to me that it was a big mistake to remain.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Oh, those poppies….

  • vwVwwVwv

    Send McMaster to the front llines, it will be a win win

    • Yea he is a very odd man.

      • vwVwwVwv

        He is good in angering, may be he can anger the afghans so much that they conquer Iran,
        they did it some times in history.

        • Not a bad plan!

          • vwVwwVwv

            I have it from the Zars of Russia, they knew how to provoke
            Muselmaniacs and when to support the weaker one,
            actually the British have been Grandmasters
            in this game, befor, for some reason
            they lost their balxxx’s or
            somethings ….?

      • Maggat

        Odd. You are being very generous.

  • Alain

    The West should not be in the Afghan war. Wars need to have a clear objective/purpose, which may be defensive, may be to conquer territory or to have access to needed resources. None of these apply to the Afghan war when it means having troops remain on the ground there. It should be clear by now that the idea of being able to wage war in there or in any Muslim country in order to install civilisation and democracy is impossible. The only reasonable thing would be to fly in and bomb the crap out of them every time it is needed without leaving troops on the group afterwards. The last, but just as important thing, is that as was demonstrated during the Vietnam war, we no longer have the will to fight such a war in a way necessary to win. When we still get upset over methods used to interrogate captured terrorists, we have lost the ability to win any war against savages and barbarians.

    • Justin St.Denis