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Trump's strategy on Afghanistan takes US in right direction — GUEST EDITORIAL

28 Agosto 2017, 03:54 | Bibiana Flor

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The president's message represents a departure from his from his campaign criticisms of ongoing U.S. military occupation in the Middle East, which he frequently denounced as a drain on the American economy and resources.

Daniel Feldman, a special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan under Obama, said the Obama administration found it more effective to pressure Islamabad over safe havens "in private than in public, and to keep the long-standing Indo-Pak rivalry from playing out in Afghanistan".

To those U.S. service members, Trump promised nothing short of success.

Still, any substantial increase in US targeting of the Taliban and Islamic State militants would likely require dedicating more US military assets to build intelligence, strike insurgent targets and provide support to US forces in the field. Without political oversight, the result could be far more civilian casualties in Afghanistan, turning the area further against the U.S. presence and incurring greater financial costs.

Trump outlined his Afghanistan strategy on his first full day back at the White House after a 17-day "working vacation" based out of his golf club in Bedminister, N.J.

"This is the kind of speech I wish I had heard years ago when they were talking about the drawdown in Iraq", said Tristan Hood, who served in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, then worked in Afghanistan as a contractor. Meanwhile, the fight against IS is a unifying factor for all actors in Afghanistan and the region.


Cornyn said the U.S. can't afford to do anything less in Afghanistan.

Thomas Porter, a military reservist who served in Afghanistan, said he's encouraged that Trump appears to have listened to military commanders instead of going "with his gut".

On Trump's affirmation that India ought to do more, Delhi pointed to India's significant past efforts to promote economic reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Colin Powell famously applied the Pottery Barn rule to war, where "you break it, you own it".

The path to get to winning is both unclear and littered with land mines. "But attack we will". "And that will change immediately", he said.

"His statement has proved that he wants to eliminate the entire Muslim umma (community)", he said. It will not be easy, however, for Pakistan to abandon its investments in cross-border terror. Despite criticizing Pakistan and being critical of its actions, US will not abandon nor would Pakistan end its relations with US.


Skeptics, including some Republicans, questioned the vagueness of Trump's plan, and whether it would make much difference in a war now well into its second decade. In the meantime, Americans should not forget the sacrifices of those deployed to this enduring war. The company was later renamed and sold, and now operates as Academi. As a businessman prior to his election to the Senate in 2014, he had an office in Lahore, the second most populous city in Pakistan. But, as with health care, North Korea and other issues, he learned how daunting the challenges are.

Whenever debate begins, "we will be talking about the number of troops", Doug Stafford, Paul's top political strategist, vowed on Twitter Monday night.

"How long have we been in Korea?".

All these points are perfectly defensible. One infamous example includes a $6 million program designed to breed Italian and Afghan goats for better cashmere to improve the yield. "They should remember Pakistan's response to the Salala's incident".

Anton's comments came soon after US President Donald Trump had laid out his policy for Afghanistan and the South Asian region. Afghanistan is a complete waste. Pundits have noted the similarities between Trump's plans and the proposals of former Vice President Joe Biden, currently said to be contemplating another presidential run in 2020.

In presidential summary: India good, Pakistan bad. It's hard to see how adding 4,000 additional troops to the current force of 8,400 will substantially change the prospects for victory - whatever victory means.




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