President Donald Trump gave a speech at Fort Myer last night to “lay out [the United States’] path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia.” Trump acknowledged the war in Afghanistan, now 16 years old, is the longest in American history. He asked Secretary of Defense James Mattis to review strategic operations.
Trump said the U.S. will “shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions,” because of “how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military options.”
The president did not rule out diplomacy or even a future in Afghanistan that includes the Taliban, but until then, the U.S. will support the Afghan government and military as they fight them.
He also told the troops they “will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work, and work effectively, and work quickly.”
Yaron Brook, filling in for Mike Opelka, said he thought it was Trump’s best speech so far on today’s “Pure Opelka,” but he said it was a “borderline dishonest” assessment of the situation in the Middle East.
He said that the countries funding the war against America in Afghanistan and Pakistan are Saudi Arabia and Iran. He said, “I want to see a president actually identify the enemy,” and who has no trouble defining what victory looks like.
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