Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Well, Here's a Surprise: We'll Be Staying in Afghanistan

And here we thought that might be the one campaign promise he might keep. Well, maybe we didn't. But he's been whining about it for years.

On and on and on in both directions chronologically. (The only logic you'll ever see in a Trump tweet.)

Now the top brass is readying a proposal to send as many as 5,000 additional troops to help beat back the resurgent Taliban in a country where the U.S. is still waging its longest war. Trump will be presented the military options in the coming days, according to several administration officials.

Trump has said little about Afghanistan since taking office, aside from hailing the military’s decision to drop one of its largest non-nuclear bombs on an Islamic State cave network there last month.


National security adviser H.R. McMaster and most of Trump's top military advisers — including the top commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. John Nicholson — are advocating the military surge to aid Afghan security forces. [...] The hope is that a more aggressive U.S. posture, and additional military advisers embedded with Afghan forces, would compel the Taliban back to the negotiating table to resolve the country’s political divides.   Politico
Sure why not? It's only not worked for 16 years.
Since 2001, when the U.S.-led military coalition invaded and toppled the Taliban from power, 2,396 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. By some estimates, the conflict has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1 trillion.

In its most recent report on the progress there, the Pentagon concluded that the Taliban "had control or influence over approximately 10 percent of the population and was contesting the Afghan Government for control of at least another 20 percent."
And you can bet the Pentagon is underplaying the reality.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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