Monday, July 31, 2017

‘We Should Just Leave:’ Trump Takes A Look At Pulling Troops Out Of Afghanistan

Via Billy

 FORT IRWIN, Calif.- U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, 509th Clearance Company, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, call in a helicopter to evacuate casualties during a route clearance convoy for Training Rotation 14-06 at the National Training Center here, April 23, 2014. Decisive action rotations at the NTC ensure brigade combat teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for the current fight and unforeseen future contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Charles Probst, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Leave, it is.

The Trump administration is considering the ramifications of paring back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan as part of its ongoing strategy review in America’s longest war, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Trump’s national security cabinet is bitterly divided on the future U.S. role in Afghanistan. Senior national security officials like Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster are reportedly pushing Trump to allow a surge of approximately 4,000 troops into Afghanistan, while White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has lobbied against the effort.

“It doesn’t work unless we are there for a long time, and if we don’t have the appetite to be there a long time, we should just leave. It’s an unanswered question,” a senior administration official told WSJ of any plan to increase U.S. troops. “It is becoming clearer and clearer to people that those are the options: go forward with something like the strategy we have developed, or withdraw.”


  1. I'm all for pulling out. Afghanistan is an evil eternal "meat grinder" and will take many more lives of America's finest with absolutely NO positive result.

    Pull the grunts out, but keep up selective drone strikes and B-52 carpet bombing.

    Have the politicians leaned nothing from the Kennedy created, Johnson sustained debacle AKA: Vietnam?

    1. I have never understood why any country has taken our word after Vietnam.

  2. How does Afghanistan threaten our national security, or Iraq. The 9-11-01 WTC was the pretext for these undeclared, unending no-win wars. Yet that attack occurred, allegedly, by Saudia Arabians who were allowed to enter and stay in our country. Afghanistan and Iraq had and have no military delivery capabilities to threaten us. The threat came from allowing our enemies to enter and stay in our country. An objective reading of Article III, Section 3, defines that as "treason". Trump should ask for a report from Defense Secretary Mattis as to precisely how keeping troops in Afghanistan defends our nation and end our involvement without a satisfactory national security answer. --Ron W