President Donald Trump's highly anticipated speech outlining his war policy in Afghanistan pleased those wishing for an escalation in the region in order to declare victory, but others were not as enthused.
Many of the president's supporters took to Twitter to register their displeasure with what they saw as an endorsement of his predecessor's "endless war."
Right-wing firebrand and enthusiastic Trump supporter Ann Coulter tweeted that Trump had become a "threat" to his own re-election because he was sending, "More Troops to Useless Human-Grinder in Afghanistan."
Whereas I see Trump as a threat to his re-election. Report: More Troops to Useless Human-Grinder in Afghanistan. https://t.co/Hqw2cMnXX4— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter)1503378269.0
"Who's going to pay for it? What is our measure of success? We didn't win with 100K troops. How will we win with 4,000 more?" conservative talk host Laura Ingraham demanded to know.
"I thought we were going to drain the swamp in Washington, not clear the desert in Afghanistan," she added.
Who's going to pay for it? What is our measure of success? We didn't win with 100K troops. How will we win with 4,0… https://t.co/cwOKPsm7f7— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham)1503368588.0
I thought we were going to drain the swamp in Washington, not clear the desert in Afghanistan. https://t.co/gQFnQjoj0n— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham)1503397625.0
An opinion piece at the onetime reliably pro-Trump Breitbart News blasted the decision, saying, "I voted for Donald J. Trump because he promised change. I may have made a mistake. Should we retitle national security adviser H.R. McMaster as President H.R. McMaster?"
Another article on Breitbart added to the chorus of discouragement. "The speech was a disappointment to many who had supported his calls during the campaign to end expensive foreign intervention and nation building," it read. "He acknowledged the frustration that Americans felt after 16 years of war without an end in sight."
"17 days, 17 weeks, 17 months, 17 years...it doesn't matter how long we're in Afghanistan. We won't change a damn thing," former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh said. "Get out now."
17 days, 17 weeks, 17 months, 17 years...it doesn't matter how long we're in Afghanistan. We won't change a damn thing. Get out now.— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1503366144.0
Other Trump supporters were equally disappointed:
Figures associated with the "alt-right" movement were especially critical of the speech.
Next year, a baby born when the United States first invaded Afghanistan can sign up to eventually fight and die there.— Stefan Molyneux, MA (@Stefan Molyneux, MA)1503372376.0
250 years of failed Western imperialism in Afghanistan doesn't mean that 251 won't turn things totally around!— Stefan Molyneux, MA (@Stefan Molyneux, MA)1503364654.0
Despite Trump's apparent flip-flop on Afghanistan, some supporters remained stalwart and faithful.
Trump is a fixer. His plan will fix Afghanistan the same way he is fixing our GDP.— Bill Mitchell (@Bill Mitchell)1503392988.0
While comedian Jim Gaffigan just used it as fodder for humor:
Trump's speech is longer than our war in Afghanistan.— Jim Gaffigan (@Jim Gaffigan)1503364876.0
Many of those opposed to what some called military adventurism pointed to the enthusiastic support of the speech from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as a sign that Trump's war policy was heading the wrong way.