President Trump Afghanistan Speech Likely To Be “Big Picture” on Asia Security…

There’s been a considerable amount of solid debate on whether the U.S. should withdraw all troops from Afghanistan and just watch to see what happens from the outside. Against this backdrop President Trump is anticipated to call for a firm commitment to the region, perhaps adding 4,000 U.S. troops.

President Trump will give a prime-time address to the nation at 9 p.m. tonight to detail his view of the U.S. role in Afghanistan, and the continued presence held.  However, the majority of President Trump’s speech is now anticipated to be a ‘big picture’ overview with an accompanying public outline of expectations for regional participants such as Pakistan and India.

The problem, at least as it is presenting itself, stems from any U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan likely to embolden the extremist outlook of the Taliban and local people who would be captive to the extremist ideology.  With a growing extremist sense, and with an already admitted tenuously perched nuclear Pakistan as the neighboring conduit, the potential for expanded terror threats looms significant.

The problem isn’t really Afghanistan, it’s Pakistan.

Even the potential for extremists to infiltrate and arm themselves with nuclear capability is beyond alarming to contemplate.  The odds, even small odds, become even more serious if we consider the absence, via withdrawal, of U.S. oversight and/or monitoring.

This overarching concern is the basic framework to outline how the United States views the role and responsibility of Pakistan and India moving forward.  Their roles, and that aspect, is anticipated to be the primary focus of the speech tonight at Fort Myer.

The modest troop presence expected to be outlined is essentially a preventative and security presence; a buttress, a security policy or guardianship, intended to ensure that catastrophic weapons -which do exist in the region- do not fall into the hands of the ideology who would use them to strike Europe, allies, or even the U.S.

Amid this oversight model, President Trump is anticipated to continue attempts to grow diplomatic relationships within the region and support their individual economic goals as a process to achieve stability.   Toward that end President Trump and India’s Prime Minister Modi have already begun establishing an economic network.

The generational conflict between Pakistan and India has focused on their differences; it appears President Trump hopes to open a dialogue based on mutual self-interests of security and stability keeping the elements of Islamic Extremism from impacting both regional nations.  Keeping a U.S. footprint in Afghanistan is the only way to sell both regional nuclear players the U.S. is committed to this security initiative given the nature of their inherent skepticism and distrust.

Were the U.S. to withdraw completely from Afghanistan, the concern would be that extremist elements strengthen, threaten and infiltrate Pakistan even more, and then out of a basic sense of survival Pakistan would not be in a position to stop themselves from being targeted by an insurgency.   The fact that OBL was able to live in Pakistan undetected for a long period of time lends credence to the reality that extremists already have a support network within Pakistan; hence the tenuous nature of their stability.

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187 Responses to President Trump Afghanistan Speech Likely To Be “Big Picture” on Asia Security…

  1. Guy K says:

    Troll. Is this what you were dispatched to say? Because your disguise is pathetic.

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  2. James says:

    The left will dearly love Trump getting mired down in Afghanistan by sending in more troops. And another thing: there are many commenters that are really missing the ball by saying Afghanistan is the problem, or Pakistan is the problem. They aren’t the problem. Islam is the problem.

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  3. Keln says:

    All the concern trolls are 4 star generals with a direct line to the Pentagon and the latest intel I see.

    Must be nice having the ability to question the strategic decisions of the Commander in Chief with all of that information available to you.

    Since I don’t have access to such intel, I’ll just trust Trump on this one. As I trust him on everything, and will continue to do so until such time he loses that trust, if that were to ever happen.

    Considering the concern trolls have been consistently wrong for about a year and a half now, I’m not betting on that happening.

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  4. PatriotKate says:

    Like many, I am also concerned because of the prior stance. However, there does have to be some regional stability. Troop levels of around 4,000 don’t sound like they require a major national address. Therefore, I do hope that Sundance is right in the assessment that it’s necessary in order to further stabilize the region and it’s about more than Afghanistan.

    Reports from Syria indicate ISIS is surrounded there and about to be completely defeated. President Trump has already cut off a lot of funding. This may be a necessary thing until stability in the region has been restored based on efforts President Trump has already taken.

    I’m definitely not happy about it and wish it were different.

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    • Kristin says:

      A real commander scopes the area and makes decisions accordingly. He takes NOTHING off the table. He wants everything at his disposal. I am sure he has the intelligence.

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  5. jeans2nd says:

    QE – how ’bout we go in and win quickly, then leave and have the locals run cleanup? Do something different maybe?

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  6. LKA in LA says:

    Keep steady folks. He hasn’t even informed us of the plan and the fighting is already started on this thread!

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  7. rsanchez1990 says:

    Hopefully with Imran Awan in custody we can dismantle the Pakistani spy ring operating in the US selling secrets abroad, and then the Taliban won’t know all our troop movements anymore.

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  8. wyntre says:

    You will find NO fair coverage of President Trump anywhere on TV.

    Even FBN has the idiot Neil Cavuto, instead of Lou or Aswan, and he is absolutely SALIVATING as he reads POTUS previous tweets on pulling out of Afghanistan.

    They are ALL SH!T.

    Where is Dobbs?

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  9. winky says:

    Maybe I do not understand…..Why is Afghanistan so important to the US?……Is there some benefit to the US? Who benefits from fighting in Afghanistan?

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  10. indiana08 says:

    We wouldn’t have ever been in this mess in Afghanistan if it weren’t Obama, even more so than Bush. Obama let the enemy know his pull out plans and ISIS rose due to the vacuum. Obama caused twice as many people to die in Afghanistan than Bush. He gave awards for “restraint”. He made it impossible to win any war there. Pres. Trump is not Obama. I trust that he wants to win and will not go flippantly into sending troops into Afghanistan. Let’s hear him out first!

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  11. nccosmiccurmudgeon says:

    Anyone that has seen “Charlie Wilson’s War” knows what the US can do well and do wrong when it comes to Afghanistan. Had the wisdom and fortitude been present then to continue aiding the Afghan people, perhaps we would be there today.
    Let us hope that the wisdom and fortitude will be now; and not another exercise in “if wishes were fishes” for those that come after us of today.

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  12. TheTorch says:

    President Trump clearly wants to exit out of that quagmire left to him by Bush and then Obama. It should of been won some time ago, but Bush dropped the ball by losing focus on Afghanistan by being totally controlled by the neocons and pre-occupied by Iraq, and Obama dropped the ball by basically telling the enemy the leaving date, along with rules of engagement, which were about as effective as a water pistol. Both of these Presidents made huge mistakes for sure.

    President Trump is managing the hand he has been dealt. Leaving abruptly and bringing them all home, although is a popular sentiment, it is not the right decision. To win, the war needs focus, resolve and commitment. All of which President Trump can provide with the right people in charge, level of Troop deployment and firepower.

    I think he will make the right call tonight, he is making the best of a bad hand, if anyone can fix this mess, he can, that I have no doubt about. One of the advantages of not being a politician, is he is beholden to no one, will do what is best for the country and knows how to win just about anything.

    From some reports we have already heard the neocons were pushing for about 100,000 troops ! That is the McCain nut case wing of the party. President Trump rejected that nonsense.

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  13. WSB says:

    Is your source legit about any part of that projection? Which 4K troops?

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  14. xyzlatin says:

    Total nonsense. Get a grip man… on reality. Bannon is as happy as a pig in mud now that he has freedom to run his own campaign against the swamp unfettered (he said so). The meme about “not a single body…. happy in Clinton…” is a leftist talking point trying to stir up more trouble. Many people such as Sessions, Mnuchin, Mattis, Wilbur Ross, Mulvaney etc etc would never have been chosen by Clinton and they are doing a fantastic job supporting Trump. 60 conservative judges on the stove ready to cook up a storm from the benches, and many more to come, will be supporting Trump’s agenda too well into the future.

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  15. Sandra-VA says:

    I disagree with the premise that we need to stop the insurgency going INTO Pakistan – the insurgency emanates from Pakistan. Period.

    The reason we cannot leave is because, thanks to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barrack Hussein Obama, the Taliban were allowed to think they could have a seat at the table. They invaded Afghanistan FROM Pakistan. They are the same as Al Qua’ida and ultimately, ISIS. Because Obama virtually pulled out, the Taliban regained most of the territory that USA had cleared.

    I’ve watched various documentaries on life since we exited and how bad things are for the tribes that just want their home back but have to make their own guns out of bits and pieces to try to keep the taliban at bay… and they wonder where the Americans are….who promised that if they stood up, they would stand with them.

    Personally, I think the Eric Prince proposal would have been the better solution. But, it is what it is.

    I was also a big advocate for dropping a massive bomb (nuke!) on the area where the Taliban spawns in Pakistan. Just end them. 😀 But, I don’t think that would go over to well with others…. 😀

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  16. Plato says:

    Interestingly, the lesson from Syria is “leave strongman dictators in the ME alone, they tend to not want competition in the form of ISIS and will kill them as required”. Syria is no threat to the US. Why are we there again?

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  17. MfM says:

    The picture of Pres. Trump above surrounded by the men and women he took to Camp David is a reminder to me that he took them there for a reason. Camp David isn’t just for vacations. Laurel Lodge where that photo was taken has 3 conference rooms. There are facilities all over Camp David for people to meet and be secure.

    I bet final decisions were made and Pres. Trump is moving forward. I look at that picture and wonder who is there but not in the picture. Who ‘flew’ in for the meeting(s) that isn’t being mentioned or is flying under the radar. Whatever he is announcing or talking about tonight is something that has been discussed and unlike Pres. Obama I’m more inclined to trust Trump.

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  18. Travis McGee says:

    Dropping a MOAB on some Tali/terrs right after the speech would be a good start.

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  19. Sandra-VA says:

    And he is now the President and privy to intelligence that he was not privy to as a private citizen.

    He has resisted committing to the proposals for several months because he didn’t like them. You can BET that he has given very careful thought to this matter… and at least he is not going with the McCain plan of 100k troops.

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  20. Peter says:

    And then he became president

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  21. lfhbrave says:

    Why are we still in Afghanistan after 16 years? We did punish them for hosting OBL and 9/11. Mission accomplished. Just get out and let them find out themselves what to do. They could decide to kill off each other, or they, most likely just like their forefathers before them over thousands of years, figure out their way of peace and co-existence. We have no business there to tell them how to work out their own way of co-existence. If we continue to be present, then their only goal is to kick us out and never bother to figure out their own way of peace and co-existence – just like keep giving money to poor people here so they don’t gain any incentive to working and supporting themselves.

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  22. Travis McGee says:

    Has the battle plan been leaked to the NYT and WaPo yet?

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  23. alligatriot says:

    In the tweets you keep re-posting, I can’t seem to find the date President Trump said we would leave Afghanistan.
    Maybe he has a plan?
    Maybe he doesn’t want to let everyone in on the plan.
    Maybe I’ll just continue to have faith in this President and go make some popcorn.

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  24. winky says:

    Did a search on why Afghanistan is so important….apparently trillions of dollars of minerals. I do not know if this is true…just trying to get answers

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/18/trumps-afghanistan-strategy-may-unlock-3-trillion-in-natural-resources.html

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  25. burnett044 says:

    just saying..
    An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.

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    • annieoakley says:

      It only takes a small amount of lithium for these batteries, the batteries aren’t reliable because they can spontaneously catch fire.

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  26. quintrillion says:

    Not a good place. Afghanistan is between Iran and Pakistan.
    Too bad we can’t trust Russia & China to go in there and take care of the Taliban and burn the poppy fields.

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  27. Zennalou says:

    Our own country has been invaded, we have criminal activity at the highest level of our government that needs to be prosecuted. Take care of things at home!

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  28. Bubba says:

    For those that are not in favor of keeping and/or expanding our troop presence in Afghanistan, I totally understand. I understand not wanting any more of our heroes harmed. I understand that Trump campaigned against the wars. I understand the trepidation that many have with that group of globalist/establishment advisers surrounding him in the picture above. I understand that we could spend the money on America first, instead.

    But, I also understand that Trump didn’t get us into this predicament. And, he hasn’t given us any reason to doubt him on the big issues. And, he has much more intel and strategic awareness of his long term goals than we do.

    We elected him to take care of the tough issues.

    We need to back our president – he DESERVES our support, on the tough issues especially, now more than ever.

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  29. Eileen says:

    Thank You Lord for blessing us with President Trump. What a thoughtful and brave speech that implements common sense. So very proud and love this President.

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  30. Ziiggii says:

    “The problem isn’t really Afghanistan, it’s Pakistan.”

    Enter the Awan family! And ultimately their connections with the Paki’s that have further connections to Russia and China…. remember our ‘black ops’ helo (top secret) that crashed going after “OBL” ended up in the hands of the Chinese. IIRC the Paki’s got a nice little payday out of providing the undamaged parts of the aircraft to the Chinese and Russians.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Yup. And Awan’s wife, who had already returned to Pakistan with a couple three hundred thousand dollars, worked for Rep Tim Ryan (D) OH-13, beginning in 2011. Ryan was dating Nancy Pelosi’s daughter at the time (then had to marry another woman, but that is another story…). OH-13 is Jim Traficant’s district. Beam me up, Scotty.

      What a tangled web we weave.

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  31. Robert says:

    I figure, we’ve been there for 16 years if we pull out we get the void like Iraq all over again. So, we should stay clear and make safe, then take the oil for compensation.

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