President Trump Full Speech and Transcript on Afghanistan Security Engagement…

President Donald Trump –  “Thank you very much. Thank you. Please be seated. Vice president Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan. Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Meyer and every member of the United States military at home and abroad. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of our brave sailors who were injured and lost after a tragic collision at sea as well as to those conducting the search and recovery efforts.

“I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia. But before I provide the details of our new strategy, I want to say a few words to the service members here with us tonight. To those watching from their posts, and to all Americans listening at home. Since the founding of our republic, our country has produced a special class of heroes whose selflessness, courage, and resolve is unmatched in human history.

“American patriots from every generation have given their last breath on the battlefield – for our nation and for our freedom. Through their lives, and though their lives – were cut short, in their deeds they achieved total immortality.

By following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify, to heal and to remain one nation under God. The men and women of our military operate as one team, with one shared mission and one shared sense of purpose.

“They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together and sacrifice together in absolutely perfect cohesion. That is because all service members are brothers and sisters. They are all part of the same family. It’s called the American family. They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law.

“They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other. The soldier understands what we as a nation too often forget, that a wound inflicted upon on a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt.

“And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together. Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. Love for America requires love for all of its people. When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate.

“The young men and women we sent to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other.

“As we send our bravest to defeat our enemies overseas, and we will always win, let us find the courage to heal our divisions within. Let us make a simple promise to the men and women we ask to fight in our name, that when they return home from battle, they will find a country that has renewed the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that unite us together as one.

“Thanks to the vigilance and skill of the American military, and of our many allies throughout the world, horrors on the scale of September 11, and nobody can ever forget that, have not been repeated on our shores. But we must acknowledge the reality I am here to talk about tonight, that nearly 16 years after September 11 attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory.

“Nowhere is this more evident than with the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history – 17 years. I share the American people’s frustration. I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly, lives trying to rebuild countries in our own image instead of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations. That is why shortly after my inauguration, I directed Secretary of Defense Mattis and my national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of all strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia.

“My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts. But all my life, I have heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the oval office. In other words, when you are president of the United States.

“So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle. After many meetings over many months, we held our final meeting last Friday at Camp David with my cabinet and generals to complete our strategy. I arrived at three fundamental conclusion about America’s core interests in Afghanistan.

“First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win.

“Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11. And as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq.

“As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorists enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for bled to liberate and won were occupied by a terrorist group called ISIS. The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit and launch attacks. We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.

“Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world. For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states, whose tense relations threat to spiral into conflict, and that could happen.

“No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions.

“When I became president, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into. Big and intricate problems. But one way or another, these problems will be solved. I am a problem solver. And in the end, we will win.

“We must address the reality of the world as it exists right now, the threats we face, and the confronting of all of the problems of today, an extremely predictable consequences of a hasty withdrawal. We need look no further than last week’s vile, vicious attack in Barcelona to understand that terror groups will stop at nothing to commit the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children.

“You saw it for yourself. Horrible. As I outlined in my speech in Saudi Arabia, three months ago, America and our partners are committed to stripping terrorists of their territory, cutting off their funding and exposing the false allure of their evil ideology. Terrorists who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next. They are nothing but thugs and criminals and predators, and, that’s right, losers.

“Working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them, and we will defeat them handily. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s interests are clear.

“We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America. And we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us or anywhere in the world, for that matter. But to prosecute this war, we will learn from history.

“As a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways: A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said it many times, how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military operations.

“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.

“Another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power, diplomatic, economic, and military, toward a successful outcome. Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban and Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen. America will continue its support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field.

“Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society, and to achieve an everlasting peace. We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live or how to govern their own complex society. We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists.

“The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan. We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.

“Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies.

“The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices, but Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time they are housing the same terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change. And that will change immediately.

“No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.

“Another critical part of the South Asia strategy or America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India, the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic harbor of the United States.

“We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

“Finally, my administration will ensure that you, the brave defenders of the American people, will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work and work effectively and work quickly.

“I have already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our war fighters that prevented the secretary of defense and our commanders in the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy. Micromanagement from Washington, D.C., does not win battles. They are won in the field drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders and front-line soldiers, acting in real time with real authority and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy.

That is why we will also expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorists and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan.”

These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms. Retribution will be fast and powerful.

As we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the field, we are already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat ISIS, including the liberation of Mosul in Iraq. Since my inauguration, we have achieved record-breaking success in that regard.

We will also maximize sanctions and other financial and law enforcement actions against these networks to eliminate their ability to export terror. When America commits its warriors to battle, we must ensure they have every weapon to apply swift, decisive and overwhelming force.

Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition — attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge. We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy, with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own. We are confident they will.

Since taking office, I have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense, and they have done so.

In this struggle, the heaviest burden will continue to be borne by the good people of Afghanistan and their courageous armed forces.

As the prime minister of Afghanistan has promised, we are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this war to us. Afghanistan is fighting to defend and secure their country against the same enemies who threaten us. The stronger the Afghan security forces become, the less we will have to do.

Afghans will secure and build their own nation and define their own future. We want them to succeed. But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests.

We are not asking others to change their way of life but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward. Military power alone will not bring peace to Afghanistan or stop the terrorist threat arising in that country.

But strategically-applied force aims to create the conditions for a political process to achieve a lasting peace. America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress.

However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check. The government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political and economic burden. The American people expect to see real reforms, real progress and real results.

Our patience is not unlimited. We will keep our eyes wide open. In abiding by the oath I took on January 20, I will remain steadfast in protecting American lives and American interests. In this effort, we will make common cause with any nation that chooses to stand and fight alongside us against this global threat.

Terrorists, take heed. America will never let up until you are dealt a lasting defeat. Under my administration, many billions of dollars more is being spent on our military. And this includes vast amounts being spent on our nuclear arsenal and missile defense. In every generation, we have faced down evil, and we have always prevailed.

We prevailed because we know who we are and what we are fighting for. Not far from where we are gathered tonight, hundreds of thousands of America’s greatest patriots lay in eternal rest at Arlington national cemetery. There is more courage, sacrifice and love in those hallowed grounds than in any other spot on the face of the Earth.

Many of those who have fought and died in Afghanistan enlisted in the months after September 11, 2001. They volunteered for a simple reason: they loved America and they were determined to protect her. Now we must secure the cause for which they gave their lives. We must unite to defend America from its enemies abroad. We must restore the bonds of loyalty among our citizens at home, and we must achieve an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the enormous price that so many have paid.

Our actions and in months to come, all of them will honor the sacrifice of every fallen hero, every family who lost a loved one and every wounded warrior who shed their blood in defense of our great nation.

With our resolve, we will ensure that your service and that your family’s will bring about the defeat of our enemies and the arrival of peace. We will push onward to victory with power in our hearts, courage in our souls and everlasting pride in each and every one of you.

Thank you.

May God bless our military, and may God bless the United States of America.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

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227 Responses to President Trump Full Speech and Transcript on Afghanistan Security Engagement…

  1. EbonyRapror says:

    I’m not sure if this is the best option to resolve our involvement in Afghanistan because I don’t know all the viable options. The one other option the president talked about was immediate withdrawal and I believe what he said is true about that creating a vacuum into which ISIS and other terror groups would go to further their reign of terror, but I’m not sure if that is a worse option than committing more American lives to be lost on Afghan soil. The bottom line for me is I don’t have all the information to make the correct decisions, but the president and his advisers do and I trust our president.

    Changing the rules of engagement and the authority to prosecute the war on the battlefield, with the objective to win on the battlefield should greatly enhance our warriors ability to do just that – to win on the battlefield. That alone will go a long way to killing the bad guys and hopefully that means we’re still not in the same situation in 5 or 10 years.

    Liked by 7 people

  2. zenmasta88 says:

    Breitbart is really going off on Trump in some articles but it’s interesting in the comment section a lot of people disagree with the sentiment.

    Liked by 8 people

    • lokiscout says:

      Used to follow Breitbart pretty close but any more it’s turning into a troll filled rag. Appreciate the way SD keeps the peace around the Treehouse and the civility of the Treepers.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Frank says:

      Breitbart usually takes the GOPe side on any issue. Now that Bannon is back at the helm, I imagine there will be a lot of resentment because he was told to resign. That resentment will probably open him up to further GOPe influence and render Brietbart even more irrelevant. I hope I’m wrong on that count, but the behavioral pattern is already beginning.


      • James says:

        Actually I think Breitbart may become more relevant. One of those reasons is because there are a growing number of conservatives that sre no longer going to Drudge because they realize what a snake in the grass he had become.


        • mcclainra says:

          I think you may be correct James, and I have noticed Drudge too. Not sure what has happened to him. Maybe threats? Who knows. I do know I like this new-to me-site, which has much the same format as Drudge, but more conservative.


      • bon says:

        I disagree with your comment re. Breitbart. POTUS is the one who changed his mind. One would do well to read both sides of issue and wait and watch.


    • I like Breibart and I like Steve Bannon, what I do not like is the part where they claim they are the reasons why Trump won. This is not true! Many of us were on the Trump wagon while Breibart was tooting away for Ted Cruz, so I do resent them saying that. Plus who IS president, did we vote for Steve or did we vote for PDJT? I voted for PDJT not Steve Bannon. Bannon has some good points and cooncerns and yes I hope he holds Trump’s feet to the fire but, we only have one President at a time and Breibart needs to know not to become a propaganda piece just for their view and their wants and if their Ideas are not followed to their letter of the law then all hades breaks out….naw, naw, naw, not cool Breibart!


  3. rsanchez1990 says:

    Hannity gets it. Worth a watch:

    Liked by 6 people

  4. albrevin says:

    President Trump had to thread a needle with this speech. He may have succeeded politically but I’m not on board with a bellicose foreign policy. Not sure if that what was offered, but it didn’t seem characteristic PDJT. He even mentioned this policy is against his instincts.

    Not sure his heart is in it. Time will tell but if he has to pivot on some of his campaign themes you can place 100% blame on the gutless GOPe, especially the McConnell Senate.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. KBR says:

    I did not see any mention of destroying poppy fields, but perhaps that is one of the things that won’t be announced in advance?

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Brad Cason says:

    I’ll go against the grain here a bit. The only occupying force ever to be successful in that sh*t hole was Black Water. Taking lives seriously. DJT is my guy, but he should have gone with the Mercs.


  7. sturmudgeon says:

    It sounds to me as though he has removed the handcuffs from our ‘bad’ guys, and they can now do the job they have been trained to do!

    Liked by 4 people

  8. navysquid says:

    As someone who spent seven years in Iraq “securing” victory and then watching it wither away, (thanks, Obama), I also spent two and half yrs in RC-East Afghanistan. I know the fight well and just changing the ROE’s will bring us to the 90% solution. What crippled us in Iraq and AFG was the constant changing of the ROE’s that played to the politics of the time. I’m all for kicking arse and getting the heck out of there when that day and year comes!! Bravo Zulu, Mr. President!

    Liked by 15 people

    • akearn says:

      Thank you for your service, navysquid!!

      Liked by 4 people

    • lokiscout says:

      Roger that Squid! Wish we would have had a Trump CIC when I was in Nam.

      Liked by 4 people

      • navysquid says:

        I spent half my time with W and Condi-Rummy-Cheney and the other half of my tours with Obama – Hillary – Kerry. Night and Day differences but still constant ROE changes hampered us by both Admin’s…as we all know, let the military do what it is supposed to do which is kill people and break things to win the war and come home.

        The last war we fought the “proper way” was WWII. We destroyed the morale of the people (Germany – Japan) to where they put pressure on their military and political leaders to surrender. Afterwards, in both countries, we rebuilt their countries to become stabilized democracies. However, today we try to fight wars and wage political battles at the same time and this cannot be done. It NEVER works. A people first have to know they’ve been conquered before any political movement is made. We have failed in this capacity since WWII all because we have held back our military might.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Thank you for taking the fight to them to keep us safe here at home

      Liked by 3 people

    • 4harrisonblog says:

      USCG 65-69 spent 2.5 years on a 255 foot cutter. First year and half we had a full bird WWII Captain. We messed around in the area of Cuba. He never once asked DC what to do and we did some stuff.

      He retired and the next guy was a commander that called DC every time something came up. By the time he got an answer it was to late. Night and day.

      Liked by 2 people

  9. arkansasmimi says:

    Bad to the bone!
    U.S. defense secretary arrives in Iraq for unannounced visit to meet Iraqi leaders
    By Reuters
    PUBLISHED: 01:47 EDT, 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 01:47 EDT, 22 August 2017

    AGHDAD, Aug 22 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Iraq on Tuesday, just days after the start of an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, to speak with Iraqi leaders about the next steps in the fight against Islamic State.
    Mattis has warned that the end of the militant group is far from close. Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar on Sunday, their latest objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.

    Read more:

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  10. arkansasmimi says:

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  11. DeplorableMe says:

    I’ve been following your site for a few years… but I never created an account until now.I’m so fed up with the Never Trumpers. So, I guess I’m just looking for a port in the storm. I support President Trump. Period

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  12. Mike says:

    What a mess. Yeah other countries are on board. I look forward to their 20 or 120 troops assisting. Just get out already. It’s been 16 years and there are terrorist to fight in other nations. He repeated the lame line that this is where 9/11 was planned. So what? Most of the terrorist moved and it’s also where we were sending a check to the Taliban even after they blew up the Giant Buddhas.


    • Paula Daly says:

      Get a grip Mike. Go watch the Stefan Molyneux and Erik Prince interview to understand the issues in Afghanistan. People complain without facts to back them up… gets really old. Pls, stop regurgitating BS.

      Liked by 2 people

  13. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    Breitbart is going full retard because of this speech and claim Trump broke a campaign promise. I think he did not break a promise because he didnt say when he will leave Aghanistan and he also said that leaving Iraq the way Obama did was a mistake. I dont think he wants to repeat that mistake with Afghanistan and have ISIS take over.

    Liked by 5 people

    • lokiscout says:

      I’ll give Bannon a month to clean up Breitbart and show the support for the President he promised when he “Resigned”/fired. That blog is hard on my BP.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Paula Daly says:

        Breibart went full retard on all Trump’s cabinet and policies from day one. They’ve been wrong every damn time. They’re just like Fakenews only on the right. Very difficult to read or take them serious.

        Liked by 3 people

  14. pacnwbel says:

    One thing we do know is that the talking heads on Fox proclaimed President Donald Trump as ‘presidential’ today.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lokiscout says:

      Pickin’s getting pretty slim on FOX any more. Dobbs, Hannity, Judge Jeanine and Trish Regan are about the only ones that will push back against the BS artists. The Boys have pretty well gutted that organization.

      Liked by 1 person

      • NebraskaFilly says:

        Even Trish Regan jumped on the band-wagon about PJT’s initial comment on Charlottesville being wrong!!!!! I blasted her on FB and stopped following her. As for BB, it is infested with trolls.

        Liked by 2 people

  15. realcapedcrusader says:

    I have a feeling the days of our troops having to make 10 phone calls to see if a bad actor can be shot, or bombed are over. Decisions will be made on the battlefield, not D.C.
    Just remember China gave Pakistan the bomb, if not for that we could put a lot more pressure on them. We must bring China to their knees, and force them to put pressure on Pakistan, then we will have a good chance of defeating the Taliban.

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  16. JT says:

    POTUS is between a rock and a hard place in Afghanistan. at least he is changing strategies and attempting to offload some of the responsibility to regional partners. thats the smart move.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. visage13 says:

    Hmm, not sure how I feel about this but I trust POTUS. However, if McCain and Graham are on board then it must be the WRONG thing to do. I will wait and see how the time line unfolds.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. James says:

    I wonder who came up with this “new” strategy – Karl Rove? But on second thought maybe not Karl Rove because I didn’t hear the line “Religion of Peace” .


  19. trapper says:

    There is one thing I don’t get.

    If we just leave Afghanistan we create a vacuum that would be filled by ISIS and AQ. I get that. But they are Sunni and have to get through Shiite Iran to get there, right? And how is sticking Iran with a big hot Sunni terrorist mess all along its eastern border OUR problem?


    • navysquid says:

      Not to get too far in the weeds here…but Iran has been supporting AQ for awhile and many other terrorist orgs. Don’t get too caught up in the whole Sunni-Shia split as individual actors do not make as big of a deal as we Americans do. I served in both Iraq and AFG with Iran in between both countries and Iran was assisting both Shia orgs and Sunni orgs as we were the common enemy.

      From a Geopolitical threat China – Russia our are biggest concerns, from a terrorist threat Iran and NK are our largest threat here with sub actors in tow…


  20. Irisheyes says:

    I’ve recently been reading a book by historical novelist Leon Uris call “the Haj”. In just the first 65 pages he clearly delineates the history of this area and it’s peoples. It is amazing to see so many aspects that illuminate what we see today in that part of the world, and how deep the cultural roots are.

    Uris is know for meticulously researching his books. He spent years in the Middle East talking to inhabitants and actually walking the turf to understand it’s history. I highly recommend the book, if only to learn more of the history of this troubled part of the world, and how it relates directly to what we see today, both in that locale, and in the countries that are currently being invaded by Muslims. Plus, his books are very entertaining!


  21. James says:

    “” Happy days are here again, the skies above are clear again… ” sings the MIC (military industrial complex).

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  22. trapper says:

    An interesting side show should begin shortly: watching the progressive left and MSM come up with a way to oppose President Trump’s announced Afghanistan policy (it’s Trump so they HAVE to oppose it), and then somehow answer the question “so you agree with Steve Bannon and Breitbart?” This is going to be fun.


    • trapper says:

      Oh, and wait until Miss Lindsey’s and McCain’s puppet masters realize that “win” means the opposite of perpetual war, after Lindsey and McC have already beat everyone to the microphone to come out in favor. Uh oh. Win? Then what? Come home? Gonna be some delayed heartburn and scrambling backpedaling in the neocon camp. Watch them try to come up with a way to screw it up.


  23. Titan 28 says:

    We’ll see. I’m willing to give this time. That said: Afghanistan is a worthless hellhole. And even though DJT explained how he was going to take the baffles off the military, certain things remain. The Afghan government is hopelessly corrupt. The only cash crop in the country is the poppy, which we want to destroy. They don’t and won’t grow any other crop, not as long as they get such high prices for opium. So, the economy in Afghanistan is permanently broken, and in the hands of corrupt officials, who are totally beholden to American BILLIONS, unless and until we in America decriminalize drugs, which will make the poppy worthless. At that point, perhaps there will be some sort of economy in Afghanistan that doesn’t rely entirely on U.S. $$$$$.

    There remains no strategy here. Victory is still undefined. How will we know when we’ve won? We could kill everyone in Afghanistan and the problem: Islam, will still exist. I don’t think we can win in Afghanistan, period. 16 years and almost a TRILLION dollars, in Afghanistan alone. We are no better off today than we were eight months after we went in.

    Bottom line: Afghanistan means nothing to America. It has no strategic value, it exists in 1834 BC, the entire country is illiterate. Ach. How about this? If our Afghan allies finally stop shooting our soldiers in the back, I’ll admit maybe DJT’s approach is bearing fruit.

    DJT is listening to the neocons here. So what if Afghanistan turns into a terrorist incubator? Germany’s a terrorist incubator!

    They can’t sneak up on us anymore. That’s the big thing.

    All we have to do, really, is stop importing people of a certain persuasion.

    I’m counting on DJT to break the endless undeclared war cycle. He is not, to my mind, off to a good start on this front.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 17CatsInTN says:

      Well, why don’t you see if you can join the President’s inner council and direct him on how to REALLY get things done? /s


    • I think you are ignoring the power of persuasion. When they understand in their bones that they will get a terrible pounding if they mess with Americans then they will avoid targeting us at home & abroad. Until they know that no political correctness will stop our retaliation and eliminations they will regroup and slaughter innocents.
      When lying to infidels is respected and encouraged no simple don’t “import Muslims” will keep Americans safe. There is very clearly a strategy a muli-pronged one including economic actions. That has not been utilized nor has the clear goal of killing terrorists. I think its a different ball game but we will see shortly.


  24. Blacksmith8 says:

    I want to hear Sec Mattis explain to the warlords what will happen to their turf, tribe, family, the next time one their idiots targets a green suit.
    That could make me smile.

    Liked by 2 people

  25. 17CatsInTN says:

    This President is exceeding all my hopes and dreams. Oh how much our country has needed a man with a chest, paraphrasing C.S. Lewis. God Bless our President and our military in these noble quests.


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