Live: President Trump’s Afghanistan announcement

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Mike Allen: Trump’s Afghan Plan ‘Will Have the U.S. Not Winning, but Not Losing’

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  • Clausewitz

    No one can answer the one single question, “What is the objective in that country”. Without knowing what the objective is, how can you ever measure whether or not you are doing a good and proper job? Time to cut bait and leave this shit hole to it’s inhabitants.

    • This is the worst speech he has ever given, I have no idea what he is saying.

    • Mercenaries is the best solution. Let them enjoy killing as many Taliban as they feel like.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I would have said that Afghanistan isn’t worth the healthy bones of one Tennessee rifleman, and from now on we will do nothing more than bomb the shit out of them.

  • Ho Hum

    It is sickening listening to Trump mouth neocon talking points. This is a major betrayal of his supporters. Also I don’t understand why he mentions India? What does India have to do with Afghanistan?

    • Yea I am not impressed at all.

    • pike bishop

      India can put pressure on Pakistan.

  • Ho Hum

    Trump stupidly says “our patience will not be unlimited” The U.S. has been in Afghanistan for 16 years – its long past the time to get the hell out of there. How many of the 4,000 American soldiers will die as a result of this decision? Their deaths will be on Trumps hands – he now owns this war.

    • Afghanistan has invaded the U.S., not vice-versa. The Taliban is already tearing down non-Islamic monuments and wiping U.S. history the way they wiped Afghan history, through their proxies in the U.S. on the American Left — Antifa, BLM, militant Marxist orgs., etc. Some of them even dress like Islamic terrorists, and often mimic the Palestinians and others — rock throwing etc. was practically unheard of before in civilized Western Nations.

  • Tom Forsythe

    “We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists,”

    If he means it, I am for it.

    • Yup. I will go with that.

      • He did say that he will lift the restrictive highly political control over the generals and the terms of engagement in order to let the armed forces do their job without interference (my paraphrase). This is the best news in this address. In my opinion this has been the chief problem all along. Also reassuring: I didn’t hear anything about hearts and minds. If our military can truly go in and kick butts and take names, the hearts and minds will either follow or, ahem, go away. This is not neocon bulls*t – this sounds like the real thing. I am with the guy with the big balls.

  • vwVwwVwv

    This Afganistan Strategy I don’t get, what’s the end goal?

    • Clausewitz

      If you don’t have an Objective (And that is measurable within a time frame) then there is no way to develop a Strategy. The same goes for the tactics used in conjunction with your stated strategy. This is military engagement 101.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Sounds like a Politican, Mr. Trump where are you and who was the guy talking?

    • The guy talking was McMaster. Trump was the mouthpiece.

  • Ho Hum

    I didn’t hear what the US vital interest is in Afghanistan. Saying that they are killing the terrorists over there so they don’t have to kill them at home doesn’t cut it. Terrorists are already in the west an they can kill us with vans. Occupying a Muslim nation probably increases the likelihood of attacks at home. Trump should have pulled all the troops out of Afghanistan and should have issued a warning to Afghanistan that if ever again it is used as a base for terrorists attacking the U.S. the U.S. will return to Afghanistan in the form of a mushroom cloud.

  • Ho Hum

    Lots of good commentary from Ron Paul in his twitter feed

    https://twitter.com/RonPaul/status/899807545631682561

    • He should nuke Pakistan.

      • ismiselemeas

        India should nuke Pakistan, the back and forth would take care of the outsourcing problem for the foreseeable future.

  • Sid Falco

    Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

  • Brett_McS

    A comment on this from Lindsey Graham that I can support: President Obama was a bad General.

  • Ho Hum

    Notice one word that was missing from his speech – ISLAM! Trump slammed Obama for not mentioning Islamic terrorism but it looks like the Generals got to him..

  • Gary

    Let muslims die for there freedoms and let’s stop paying for all of islams ills where we are taking in damaged-goods that burden out Health care and social services.
    There are close to 400,000,000 muslim women with mental damage from abuse by the males that follow the quran and see women as chattel to beat or treat like dogs. That is NOT a Canada problem but islamic problem where we can not afford to take in 400 million women that go on Disability support for life.

    All you need to know about islam is that muslims are fleeing islamic nations by the millions while many travel over 8000 miles to non-muslim Nations and make a refugee claim FROM islam.