Barack Obama left a mess in Afghanistan.
His policy of retreat allowed ISIS and Al Qaeda to gain a foothold in the country where Osama bin Laden hatched the 9/11 plot.
So Donald Trump made a decision that no one could believe.
Trump ordered more troops into Afghanistan and a new strategy to pressure Pakistan and allow the Afghanistan military to take up the fight.
It was a difficult decision that Trump stated he wrestled with.
Before Trump ran for office, he was critical of Obama’s efforts and supported leaving Afghanistan.
Once he ran for President, he still advocated for an end to the war, but that the United States should go about it in a much more orderly fashion.
Trump warned that Obama’s hasty retreat from Iraq created the vacuum that allowed ISIS to gain territory of strength.
So in a speech in Fort Meyer, Trump explained how he came around to his position to order more troops into Afghanistan.
“My original instinct was to pull out — and, historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office. In other words, when you’re President of the United States. …
[T]he consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. … We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq. …
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’m a problem solver — and, in the end, we will win.”
The decision was controversial with Trump’s base.
Some supporters were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Other high profile Trump supporters wanted the President to stick to his America First campaign platform.
Conservatives believe globalists in the White House, including National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster – who has supported Obama loyalists on the National Security Council – boxed Trump in by only presenting him options to send in more troops.
McMaster purged several America First loyalists – and rewarded Obama supporters – from the NSC.
The purge was complete when Chief Strategist Steve Bannon – who advocated for ending the 16-year-war in Afghanistan – agreed to leave the White House.
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