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.

[Additional Transcript Link]

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

  1. Minnie says:

    Thank you for this post 👍

    Liked by 8 people

  2. frank field says:

    I support Trump on Afghanistan policy. Decisive. Focussed. He will implement and enforce. As good as it gets. Manly.

    Liked by 14 people

  3. Regina says:

    fyi, the NPR link has “analysis” blocks injected throughout the speech – don’t give them the click

    Liked by 4 people

  4. FL_GUY says:

    What a powerful speech. I believe that the terrorists and Pakistan have no idea about what is to come raining down upon them.

    Liked by 15 people

  5. Ziiggii says:

    So how much of this is actually about the Paki’s and not Afghanistan?

    (my money is on the Paki’s!)

    Liked by 11 people

  6. SEABEE4TRUMP says:

    Great speech! I spent 20 yrs in the military waiting for a Commander-in-Chief to use the military for what its made for…to kill the enemy.

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    • Remington..... says:

      Seabed…been a long time coming. New rules of engagement will change things dramatically. Never will forget that wanker LBJ saying….”nothing gets bombed unless I say it gets bombed”. NOW we have commanders in the field making those calls…NICE

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      • lokiscout says:

        LBJ and Nixon what a pair to draw to. All I remember about them are all the friends I lost.

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      • SEABEE4TRUMP says:

        It is nice to have an administration that is focused on fighting a war instead of using the military as a petri dish for social experiments to effect change in the greater America. I believe that you may be seeing the effects of Obama’s social experiment the last couple of months with some of the naval mishaps that have been happening. It will take a while before the Trump Effect will be evident in our military.

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  7. Kjf says:

    I like how, unlike so many other presidents, PDJT uses the word republic.

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  8. Paco Loco says:

    …and the insane anti- American Dems are still mumbling about articles of impeachment. Trump is fighting a two front War.

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  9. auntiefran413 says:

    I was sorely disappointed. I want those young men and women back home; if not at home, at least out of that godforsaken country.

    I’ve been truly blessed by having four — yes, four — grandsons return from multiple tours there not only alive, but with all their limbs. If, in fact, he truly takes off all those ridiculous ROEs and attacks the Taliban with the full force of our military, perhaps we can “win”.

    Meanwhile, as he said, God bless our military and God bless the United States of America. And yes, I’ll stand by him.

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  10. SR says:

    Here is what CNN becomes. My mother-in-law came today and talking little about politics and she is lifetime democrats who don’t like PTrump. Today she said how CNN is a fake news and why CNN do that. She is 75+ so may not understand new politics but know about CNN.

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    • shallbe4 says:

      Bless your mother-in-law. All over the country there are people like her who didn’t vote for Trump but hate what the media has done to him. His poll numbers have gone up because those people are standing up against the fake media.

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  11. Deniece Seawell says:

    Great speech Mr.president I’m so proud of you stay strong we need you there

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  12. Bedtime story for tonight….I will replay my amazing President’s speech as I drift off to sleep, secure & safe knowing how much T45 loves us all and our beautiful Republic. His words the last thing I will hear…I am blessed, America is blessed🇺🇸💖🇺🇸 Thanks Sundance and moderators💖💕💖

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  13. bobsunshine says:

    Great Speech. Puts Pakistan on notice that funds / economic sanctions will be put in place if you don’t stop harboring terrorists. As someone mentioned, India will put the pressure on Pakistan (economically) like China did to stop NK. Notice Trump never mentioned how many troops – my bet would be economic sanctions on Pakistan forcing them to stop letting in ISIS. This way they have to stay in Afghanistan were “Mad Dog’s” troops guiding Afgan troops can eliminate them.

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  14. DeplorablePatriotInCa says:

    Breitbart has gone fully off the rails. Their headline talks about President Trump’s “flip flop”. I’m totally done with them. Thank God for CT. MAGA!

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    • Plato says:

      Perhaps.
      But PTrump’s speech could in substance have been Obama’s back in the day, the differences are no time lines and economic threats to force Pakistan to deal with the Taliban on their territory.
      The economic threat against P might work if it’s done with vigor.
      Let’s hope.

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      • rsanchez1990 says:

        The use of economic leverage (economic threats) is YUGE. It’s a game changer. No President has used economic leverage like President Trump does in decades. Never in a million years would Obama have been smart enough or skilled enough to match the substance of Trump’s speech.

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      • Black_Knight_Rides says:

        President Trump’s approach is light years different from Obummer’s.

        Stating that the substance could have been Obama’s is either patently ignorant or foolishly vacuous.

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      • progpoker says:

        You forget about the change in ROE. He will not micro-manage from the White House. The Generals are in charge. If they screw the pooch, ‘You’re Fired!!’

        This is yuuuuge and will have the Taliban hiding their short hairs in short order!

        No comparison with Obumbler, the first point and click President. How many innocents did the Interloper Drone??

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      • zenmasta88 says:

        Obama would have done nothing like this. President Trump is not making decisions from Washington, DC he’s letting the troops, generals, etc on the ground make those decisions. Also President Obama would have probably pulled out instead of spending time to study the consequences of leaving. Also Obama would have put time tables on everything. Also Obama would have never mentioned economics as a form of leverage to get other allies involved. You honestly can’t compare this speech and action to what Obama would have done you know full well he had no intention of getting rid of radical Islamic terrorists, his total failures for 8 years are a big reason why President Trump has to continue this decade long war.

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    • linda4298 says:

      I was just going to post that, Bannon hates this policy.

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    • Wink says:

      DeplorablePatriotInCa, I’m in total agreement.

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  15. Paul Revere says:

    Anybody who is able to comprehend even basic concepts will understand by this speech the President of the USA is not going to take any BS from anyone. And in the same breath, one understands he is operating out of fairness and love for the people he governs.
    It is about dern time….

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  16. Trump is untying one Gordian knot after another. Just as he made North Korea China’s problem, he just made Afghanistan Pakistan’s problem. Just as China has been supporting North Korea, Pakistan has been supporting the Taliban.

    Remember, after the White House transition meeting between Trump and Obama whenTrump said that he was surprised by which country Obama had told him was America’s biggest problem. I think I heard that that country was Pakistan.

    Now Pakistan is under pressure. If they end the terrorism in Afghanistan and on their border with Afghanistan, they get influence over the future Pakistan. If they don’t, US funding goes to India, not them, and they get the hated Indians on their Eastern flank.

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  17. A2 says:

    This was not just a policy speech on Afghanistan and south Asia. It was also a message to China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria and the domestic troublemakers who wish to divide and conquer the US from within.

    Clear delineation of the new policy and consistent with the Syria policy as outlined by the Sec of State subsequent to this seminal speech by the President.

    Of particular note the statement that “We are making clear to the Taliban that they will not win on the battlefield. The Taliban has a path to peace and political legitimacy through a negotiated political settlement to end the war” .

    I take this as a broad message to Assad’s gov forces and the free Syrian army as the defeat of Daesh is coming to fruition.

    It is all related.
    North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted – U.N. report
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-syria-un-idUKKCN1B12G8?rpc=401&

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    • trapper says:

      Lots of folks should take a message from this speech, including crackpot American secessionists.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Actaeon says:

      CTH often talks about ASEAN, I wonder if this fit the timeframe.

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      • A2 says:

        Yes it does. We have a workable and fact based foreign policy that pulls together all the elements, political, therefore diplomatic, military, economic and values centred. As the President said, we make our decisions by the facts on the ground, not numbers, not fuzzy political objectives that change according to the whims of those in or out of power ( that goes for domestically and internationally). Protect the homeland.

        The US is not in the business of regime change. That burden is placed squarely on the countries that have allowed money and politics to derail the betterment of their peoples, to say the least, to great loss and hardship.

        This is a strategy that clearly defines what the US stands for and what the US intends. Our service men and women now have objectives and rationale for why they are deployed to serve in places seemingly remote from their home. Protect the US. No fuzzy stuff.

        It calls for all states, failed or under threat to take responsibility for their failures. The US will help them with those objectives if they eschew failure and embrace success.

        It is up to them. However, the President sits behind the Resolute desk, not like the last president posing with his feet perched disrespectfully and symbolically on his concerted plan to take down the Republic.

        The US now has a foreign policy that I believe will not only work, but guide the future,

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  18. winky says:

    Sometimes a powerful speech by a powerful leader can achieve peace without war. If the president helps show the way to these countries that they can achieve financial prosperity these leaders over there will co-operate and that is why they have come forward. They trust PTrump….Can you imagine what these leaders were thinking when they thought HRC would be president? She would only do things to benefit herself and her Deep State donors….Screw the US and all those countries is what I believe she would have done. These leaders see a way to prosper for their countries. That is what I believe.

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  19. trapper says:

    This had the force of Churchill’s “we shall never surrender” speech. Sounds like its gong to break ugly in Afghanistan real soon.

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    • annieoakley says:

      Afghanistan did not attack the US. Why can’t we just leave them alone and take care of the many problems here?

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      • Jenny R. says:

        Afghanistan did not attack us, but the Taliban did harbor bin Laden and refused to cough him up. We’re rather stuck: we can’t just let Taliban/Pakistan go off scott free — because they will harbor terrorists (they’re doing it now). This could cause us problems here eventually, again. We just don’t want to be there forever. It’s a catch-22; this is perhaps the only way forward that might recompense in some small way all the sacrifices we have made.
        The situations that we have in Iraq/Syria, with Iran, with Afghanistan, and with N. Korea are inherited and there is no erasing them or turning our backs on them, no matter how much we may want to. And none of them are clear “wins” (thanks largely to the people who gave them to the present). This is a salvage operation, not an ideal circumstance.
        There are also other issues at play here…a few states cannot be allowed free play in that area…or they will cause all manner of trouble.
        http://www.dw.com/en/is-turkeys-erdogan-seeking-a-leading-role-in-afghanistan/a-39575830
        https://www.rferl.org/a/1101822.html
        Those are old articles, but the agenda is still in operation (and it hints at how long this timeframe is)…that is one person who cannot be given a carte blanche in C. Asia imhao. At least, not without keeping tabs on him. Things have already gotten quite out of hand in regards to him in the ME.

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        • yucki says:

          This is a salvage operation, not an ideal circumstance.
          There are also other issues at play here…a few states cannot be allowed free play in that area…or they will cause all manner of trouble.

          Perfectly stated.

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      • Because 911 was planned from Afghanistan as the POTUS said and it is where the terrorists retreat to grow strong and build weapons and train terrorists to attack America.
        Appeasement is the fertilizer that nourishes terror exports. The Islamic terrorists don’t want to be left alone the want to bring about a worldwide caliphate. That is why we can’t put our heads in the sand and hope.

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      • Paco Loco says:

        Get real. BIn Laden directed and funded the 9/11 attack from his base in Kandahar. The Taliban accepted him and supported Jihad against the US. It was a UN resolution to go to war in Afghanistan.

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      • deqwik2 says:

        We’ve got the terrorist on the run right now. We better finish them off before they re-group & get stronger. They will bring us more problems if we don’t.

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  20. Redrider says:

    This was a good speech, soft and touching where needed yet strong and determined. Liberals and MSM don’t know what to do or which way to run. I support our POTUS and trust he will do the right thing for USA and our military.

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    • shallbe4 says:

      We all know our President. Does anyone think if there had been another option Trump would not have taken it? This is necessary so our President with deal with it. But Donald J. Trump is not a warrior. The best leaders are those who have to act against their innerselves to do what it right.

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  21. Justah says:

    He laid out the Trump Doctrine – “When we fight, we fight to win” and “this principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward.” War is NOT about Politics, it’s about Realism and we fight to win.

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  22. akearn says:

    Awesome speech. Loved his saying that our soldiers deserve to return home to a united country not at war with itself. What a terrific take on these absurd times we’re in. And loved his taking it to the Pakistanis … the gravy train is over, kids. And … LOVED that I don’t have to hear Obama’s infuriating PC pronunciation of PAHH-kee-STAAHN. Gimme a break.

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  23. Bert Darrell says:

    Makes sense. No more nation building. Pakistan: be careful what you do now. Afghanistan: slack off and you are on your own. NATO: get ready, help out or be ready to defend yourself without our help. America: we are unleashing hell on terrorists and we will win.

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  24. Regina says:

    “We are not nation building again”

    I can’t help thinking about the many, many hearings I’ve watched featuring the SIGAR and others involved with “reconstruction” – the enormous waste and fraud, and nothing ever done to correct it. It’s almost always State Dept. contractors who are bilking the $$$.

    We’re going to save a LOT of money if we bail on the ‘reconstruction’ piece – yippee ki yay

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  25. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Common Sense speech from our Common Sense President.
    Covfefe Rules–
    Stay the course.

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    • shallbe4 says:

      Hi Grandma Thank you for those good words and how positive you always are.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Thank You–I try…We all get our President Trump..desiring for people to get along and help one another but getting trashed by corrupted Opposition/Fake Media is very daunting.

        I keep thinking of our forefathers and what they had to put up with old England and the Revolutionary War following bringing forth a New Nation.

        Too many here have faltered at times and needs daily rebooting of the American Spirit.

        God Bless you, Shallbe4!

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  26. neilmdunn says:

    “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.”
    This does not sound positive to me. Another 16 years? Fewer? More?

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    • rsanchez1990 says:

      I think that was meant to speak more towards whether the Taliban wants to continue being part of the problem or become part of the solution, rather than speaking towards continuing US involvement. President Trump is telling the Taliban they can do it the easy way, or the hard way, their choice.

      This is similar to the conflict between the FARC and the government of Colombia. After successful military efforts against the FARC, the Colombian government reached a political settlement with the insurgents. Once the Taliban knows they can’t win militarily, they can decide if they want to remain a failing insurgency or if they want to reach a political settlement with the government of Afghanistan.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        That was exactly what we took it to be. RSanchez is correct.

        President Trump’s method is to give the enemy another chance to change or at least see it from a ‘Trump’ perspective, before he’d ‘MOAB’ them. President Trump is double-checking the enemy, to see if the enemy wants to continue to be part of the problem or be part of the solution. This was the common sense we Boomers grew up with and our parents, too. If we continue to be part of the problem, we got spanked or grounded. 😉

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      • kiskiminetas says:

        The Taliban will fight to the death. Yes they may talk about peace but they are committed to the Koran and Jihad. They have been brainwashed and condition to kill infidels and they will do it and are willing to give their very lives to kill.

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        • progpoker says:

          Sounds to me like the President is willing to oblige their death wish.

          I only hope they do it without embeds. Or if they have them, the footage can’t be released for 30 years due to the sensitive nature of kicking terrorist ass!

          War shouldn’t be treated like a video game. We don’t need to see it. Look at the crap on YouTube. Is it any wonder our Country’s discourse is as coarse as it is?

          Victory is war’s salve and I’m ready to slather it on!!

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          They are hooked on drugs. High all the time. They get paid for what they do. They are drug traffickers and thugs. Okay, add a Koran if you want but these jerks are criminals.

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        • rsanchez1990 says:

          The ones who are completely brainwashed are not long for this world.

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  27. rsanchez1990 says:

    The pundits criticizing Trump ignore, either willfully or through neglect, the leverage President Trump will use with both Pakistan and India to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan. President Trump and Secretaries Tillerson, Mnuchin, Ross, and Mattis are bringing to bear America’s diplomatic, economic, and military might to get countries to take more responsibility for their regions instead of depending on the US to unilaterally police the world. If Breitbart is already criticizing the President, then it’s clear Steve Bannon doesn’t have the same deal-making instincts that President Trump and his team of brilliant negotiators have.

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      In retrospect, Bannon’s real boss was Mercer even while at the WH. He thought he would rule the roost and Trump was only a Remington Steele guy…..this was reflected in his book taking credit for Trump’s wins, and mutiny running to the very liberal American Prospects mag lambasting Trump’s policies. Bannon insisted Trump do everything his or the Mercer way while Trump invited feedback from everyone and adjusted his plans accordingly. Bannon refused to budge. Of course there would be discord. Of course there would leaks. It hampered.

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  28. NoOneButTrump says:

    As I’m reflecting on tonight’s speech, I think it was above all else, a Commander in Chief speaking to the troops who will be put in harms way and to their loved ones. He wanted them to hear straight from him why he is sending them, and what their goals are. He didn’t give this speech to a camera, but to a room full of service members in uniform. That’s respect for them and for the responsibility he carries for making this decision. My opinion isn’t really what matters tonight. I want to hear from those in uniform and their families. What did they hear? What do they think about it?

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    • Okinawa Jim says:

      From someone sitting overseas in a room full of Marines, they were behind the Presidents speech 100%. There was cheering and some phrases like, “finally someone who has our backs”.. Prior ROE’s were getting people killed. Nothing but smiles on lots of military faces.

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  29. freddy says:

    I’m a Christian and not into violence to achieve goals but I am defensive and will take out anything that comes near my home or family . If a clear threat is far away I still consider imminent danger and will go get it first and never sit back and allow people hurt because I took no action. Jesus is clear on this…….I take no joy or pride in taking life but when there is no choice do it with a sense of completion so unlike our last President you never have to go back and repeat the mission. God bless our fighters and now go win……

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      This is who we are and how we feel, too. No joy in it, but it is a neccessity when one has to defend himself or his community/country against evil.

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  30. John Huxley says:

    There seem’s to be a fundamental misunderstanding of how the American system is supposed to work from alot of these conservative/nationalist purists.

    The american system, fundamentally, follows the guideline of checks and balances in order to prevent disaster, it is a system that encourages status quo and slow change.

    Now this does mean that if we are faced with a situation that requires quick change, the system itself may and probably would prevent it being solved in time.

    This in many ways is the situation Donald Trump is in, i personally am amazed on what he has already accomplished.

    I fully support the President even if he can’t accomplish the degree of what he originally wants, because literally the system is not designed that way in most cases.

    So how do these problems then get solved? some of them you realistically can’t until the system itself implodes, and that is unfortunately by design.

    The framers chose this fully knowing eventually the system would fail in time, because they considered long-term stability more important then the ability to perform volatile and massive widespread quick changes across society (which would require dictatorial power) quickly.

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    • PreNanny says:

      “it is a system that encourages status quo and slow change”
      Who defines the status quo?
      I for one did not like AT ALL the quo we had going preTRUMP and I sure as hell do not like the quo the obstructionists to the TRUMP agenda have in mind.

      Also, I think it would be more accurate to say the framers FEARED the Constitution would fail in time, not that they expected it to.

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  31. Pam says:

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  32. Bob Thoms says:

    A Speech Bush, then Obama should have delivered. Once again, P Trump shoulders the mess of his predecessors.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Black_Knight_Rides says:

      Woulda, coulda, shoulda…
      Bush and Obama and Clinton(s) were stupendously incapable and incompetent, not to mention crooked in embedding Globalists throughout our government to leach the lifeblood from the prosperity and future of Mainstreet America… for peronal gain.

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  33. Pam says:

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  34. Venus says:

    16 years in Afghanistan and 2/3 of our casualties happened under Obama. Pulling out in Iraq the way Obama did showed us what will happen if we do same now in Afghanistan — rise of ISIS, etc. We have to crush them, get our ‘allies’ there to pay & then leave when Afghanis are ready to take control. tbh it’s going to take more than 2 weeks to un-FUBAR what we FUBAR’d there over 16 years. That’s my two cents — not perfect but pragmatic.

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  35. FL_GUY says:

    From listening to President Trump over the last week or so, I believe he is getting ready to go all Pershing on the moslem terrorists. The only way to beat people who believe death in their cause brings them reward in the afterlife is to make that death not achieve the results they believe in. Pershing did that in the Philippines; it works.

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  36. TheLastDemocrat says:

    The U.S trying to genuinely address issues in Afghanistan may require a “regional” approach because China is mucking things up, via PAh Kee Stahn.

    Pah – Kee – Stahn.
    Obama’s second adopted homeland, after America.

    All of this is complicated history, but a leading challenge in Afghanistan is the fact that the bad guys can sneak over and hide out in Pah Kee Stahn. And Pah Kee Stahn won’t do anything about it.

    And we don’t have a lot of leverage to make Pah Kee Stahn do anything. Pah Kee Stahn since inception – breaking off a major piece of what the British Empire had colonized and defined as India in an attempt to placate Muslims (how has that worked out for ya?) – has walked an amazing tightrope between sophisticated, worldly nukelar-weapon-possessing nation, and nation of blinding poverty and religiosity.

    A current problem with Pah Kee Stahn is that they may be a vehicle through which China rankles the West.

    Wikipedia and other sources cover, at the superficial, obvious, level, the relationship between Pah Kee Stahn and China.

    Further: Pah Kee Stahn is a huge supporter and cheerleader of the plight of Nepal. This may be an avenue through which China is a thorn in the side of the U.S. and allies. China may be able to fund Pah Kee Stahn’s investment in promoting Nepalese recent-years rancor with India.

    So, the U.S trying to genuinely address issues in Afghanistan may require a “regional” approach because China is mucking things up, via Pah Kee Stahn.

    By leaning on their allies, Trump has isolated NK, and Qatar, and so has greatly advanced peaceful international relations on two bigly fronts.

    I cannot see how this might be underway with Afghanistan, but if we can get a good headlock on China, then we get China to shift on their alleged (by me) support of Pah Kee Stahn as Pah Kee Stahn support Afghanistan.

    [Finally: the Afghanistan poppy fields issue needs to be addressed. I am suspicious that, as some others say, that we are supporting Afghanistan in their poppy yields, and maybe we are also sharing in the profits. If so, I am not really eager to raise my children with the idea of being U.S. soldiers one day.]

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  37. kinthenorthwest says:

    Media and Tweeter doing their usually dishing and wrong interpretation of his speech already.

    Liked by 1 person

    • progpoker says:

      To be expected. I log much less time on twitter these days. As the Trump supporters are silenced one by one, it gets tiresome listening to the ‘tards gloating on about the fall of Facism. If only they had a mirror…

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  38. Regina says:

    this was posted on 4chan – don’t know if it’s real, but I enjoyed reading it

    WH Insider Anon Here:

    Hello again /pol/. Yes, as you all just saw President Trump’s speech. Have no fear however, Mattis’ plan will be completed before you open your Christmas presents. Our time in Afghanistan is almost finished. Eventually the patience does run out. The plan is solid, and will be swift. I can not say much other than the plan does not include many troops, but rather weapons. It will not take long.

    President Trump also made this speech tonight, knowing he would take heat on this decision, and many people will see this as going back on his words during his campaign. We do not see it that way, but we realize how the public and base will view it, mainly because they are unaware of the plan.

    However, by this time tomorrow you will not be seeing anything about Afghanistan. By this time tomorrow you will be happy President Trump kept his promise about a Special Counsel, some of you may understand what I’m saying, if you do not, I’m sure someone will catch you up. Arizona tomorrow evening will be great.

    No matter what you may read, see, or hear we will always have the back of Americans. No decision has or will be made that is not for the benefit of the American people.

    Take care guys.

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  39. Guy K says:

    There is something specific and strategic about the timing of Trump’s rally in Arizona tomorrow night. He’s taken so much incoming–even for him–in the last 10 days, and yet tomorrow there will be a rally. Have to wonder if there is more news, more good news, afoot that we don’t know yet.

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      Supposedly, he has a major announcement at the rally. Some are speculating it is on Arpaio’s pardoning and some say it may be he announces who he is endorsing to run against Flake.

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Working on a prayer to post for the rally tomorrow. Will have it in
      the Open Comments thread. In the meantime, join me in prayers
      for the safety of those going to see the rally, and the exposure
      of the motives behind those that plan to hurt them by violence
      or by bearing false witness. Pass it on to anyone that’s still staying
      up late.

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  40. citizen817 says:

    President Trump is right. We can’t just pull out and leave another vacuum. It’s time to take the gloves off, and let our commanders on the ground… make the decisions, immediately.

    Liked by 6 people

    • deqwik2 says:

      We can’t leave a vacuum but also I believe those that gave their life over there would be disappointed in us if we gave up now. We can bring honor to them & their families by finishing this & Winning.

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  41. Athena the Warrior says:

    Powerful, determined speech. President Trump is left with the task of cleaning up Bush and Obama’s mess. If we hadn’t been engaged in nation building, regime change and Obama’s whatever, we wouldn’t be stuck in a 16 year quagmire.

    I see his Afghan Policy as Surge, Win, & Come Home in a Strategic way.

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  42. LH says:

    The terrists have names, al Qaeda , ISIS, Taliban, which is convenient for the media to identify the enemy. The underlying connection among these groups is sharia supremacism coming from the dogma of Islam which has a veneer of religion. I hope our government recognizes that connection to correctly identify the problem. For protection of Americans in the USA, our government must admit that sharia supremacism is contrary to our constitution must be removed. These groups are like an overflowing irrigation ditch, the leaks can be repaired but the flow must be reduced. This speech has H.R. McMasters thin coating of PC correctness.

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    • rf121 says:

      Don’t buy that completely. The taliban are all about their tribal area. They get thrown in with the terrorist types out of convenience or an attempt to simplify the situation. They look at us as invaders so they fight us. We leave, fight is over.

      Are they sharia enforcing, pedophile boy loving, gay hating, women abusing scum bags. Sure. That is why Afghanistan is a waste of our time. Let Darwin sort them out.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      The only way you will remove sharia supremacism from that area is if you kill nearly every last Afghan (and quite a majority of Pakistanis, and some Bangladeshis, and some Indians, and a growing number of….).
      You see my point?
      The unfortunate thing is that, like herpes, we’re never going to get completely rid of them…that power is quite beyond mere mortals. We can only keep the pot from bubbling over; and one way is to issue a threat/opportunity to engage with us (either militarily — in which case we do wipe out quite a few of them — or diplomatically — they decide they would rather play nice).
      If you are concerned about the spread of sharia into non-muslim dominated countries, then Taliban et al. isn’t who you really need to be concerned about stopping…that would be the left which is pushing it and enabling it.

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  43. Donna in Oregon says:

    Our President is very stressed. His breathing was off, his words were not enunciated normally. Almost like he had cotton mouth, anxiety. I am suspicious, where is that cat?

    If these azzhats have done anything to our President…….

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    • I think he really wanted to say every word correctly. He was talking to men & women that he is responsible for sending into harm’s way and he wanted them to understand his reasons and for them to know he understood the cost of what he was asking of them. He picked the audience he most wanted to communicate with because to our President the soldiers matter not the pundits. He wanted the American people to know as well but he went first to the group that will be paying the price for America’s safety. May all of our troops return home soon, victorious, hale & hearty.

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    • drillerelite says:

      Sounded like resolve to me

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  44. drillerelite says:

    From what I gathered, the rules of engagement have been changed and the dogs are being unleashed. Done messing around, quick and decisive victory at hand.

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  45. ZurichMike says:

    When Trump said we needed to get out of Afghanistan, it was when we were there under Obama, half-heartedlly, and not doing anything of consequence. Trump is all about consequences. As another poster mentioned previously, this speech was a huge message to Pakistan, China, and others. This is not about nation building. I think ISIS / Al Qaeda should be writing their wills.

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  46. wheatietoo says:

    When your guys are in a tough situation…you have to send in an ‘extraction team’ to get them out.

    That’s how I see this.
    But since we’ve been there for so long, in this case the extraction strategy must include wrapping up things and making it ‘undesirable’ for the enemy to want to continue, even after we are gone.

    Complicated business.
    But we have a leader who has never been squeamish about taking on complicated business.

    The key thing going forward now…is that the hobbles put on our servicepeople will be lifted.
    They will now be able to Fight to Win.
    This is no small thing.

    I have thought all along that the way to Win over there, is to pound the enemy and pound them hard.
    Then whoever is left…you tell them “Don’t make us come back here.”

    The people there are left with the realization that they don’t want to do anything that would make the Americans have an interest in coming back.

    Allowing terrorist camps to flourish on their soil becomes a ‘bad idea’…”That might make the Americans come back”.
    The incentive is created to police their own territory.

    So I’m hoping that this is what is going to happen now.
    It’s not the sort of strategy that you can announce…or talk about.
    You just have to do it.

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  47. Regina says:

    they’re already lining up in Phoenix

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  48. Brant says:

    I have seen comments of get it done and bring our boys and girls home. Both right and the comment of he is fighting a 2 front war. It is a shame that he must bend to the likes of McLame, Lazy Gram. Thanks for nuthin’ libs, McBane, and Kristol, but I repeat myself.

    Remember wins like NAFTA, Paris Accord, way back at TPP, 301 investigations, etc. it is a great shame that he has to protect his flank while he works at home. Our lion is mighty, but he realizes where he must bend for the long term success. Remember, he is doing this for us. Our comments are comforting to him, but we can not fathom the stress he is under, that he didn’t have to do.

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  49. Jedinovice says:

    I am pleased he is not talking about nation building. There is no way of imposing democracy on Afghanistan. It is totally counter to the Afghan’s instincts and culture (such as it is.)

    Afghanistan must be ruled by a strongman who must win out from battle. Afghanistan is simply an Islamic warrior culture and must be treated as such. Just make sure that the reigning strongman keeps the Jihadists in order.

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  50. Notice how the President emphasized the word economic in the video:

    “The government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political and ECONOMIC burden.”

    We’re in good hands for the first time in my lifetime.

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