Afghanistan

Report: Trump Will Send More Troops to Afghanistan

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump isn't expected to announce his decision on whether to pull out of Afghanistan or send more troops there until later tonight but, according to sources who spoke to Reuters, Trump will announce that he's sending more troops.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is likely to announce a modest increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan when he lays out his strategy on Monday for the war there, America's longest military conflict, a senior administration official said. [...]

With Taliban insurgent forces no nearer to defeat, the most likely outcome is that Trump will agree to sending more U.S. forces as recommended by his senior advisers, the official said. Current U.S. troop numbers are about 8,400.

If this report is accurate and Trump does announce that he's sending more Troops to Afghanistan, it would be the second (or third?) time we've "surged" troops to the country. It's possible Trump will even use the word "surge" tonight. He has the best words.

A record high number of over 100,000 Americans troops were present in Afghanistan in the summer of 2011, but that number dropped each year until a total of 8,400 remained when President Obama left office.

I certainly can't claim to know what the answer in Afghanistan is. I don't know if we should stay there or if completely pulling out could lead to an even worse outcome in the future. What I do know is there's virtually no chance of success under Trump. Whatever he announces tonight will end in failure because everything he announces ends in failure. He has the death touch.

  • Scopedog

    But wasn’t Hillary supposed to be the warmonger?

    • Yes! Why aren’t we oh so so glad that history spared us of the adult!

  • muselet

    No matter what Donald Trump, Military Super-Genius, decides to do about Afghanistan—and frankly, there are no good options—it will be because of the perfidy of The Black Guy and That Woman.

    And pundits will swoon, and hail his decision as a sign of Trump’s newfound Seriousness! and his long-awaited pivot to Presidential!

    –alopecia

    • mnpollio

      Oh Almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster, please deliver us from any more nitwit pundits that want to tell us how “serious” and “presidential” Trump is whenever he drops a bomb on someone, threatens nuclear war or plots an invasion…and that includes fools on the Left – I am looking at you, Fareed Zakaria and Van Jones.

    • Michael B. Conway

      Trump’s secret plan: torture!

      • muselet

        Based on what he said during the campaign, he certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I don’t know what the right decision regarding Afghanistan would be. I know that this is the polar opposite of what Trump promised during the campaign. Am I surprised by this? Of course not.

  • Georgie

    I wonder how breitbarf base will react to this, not in a healthy way I imagine.

    • Aynwrong

      I doubt they’ll care.

      • Georgie

        They seemed to think this is what Hillary would have done, and that alone is terrible to them, a very strange group.

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  • AZ_Oreo

    I find the timing of this announcement peculiar. I think the WH is trying to change the narrative away from Trump’s affinity for white supremacy and nazi’s. But it will all be for naught as I think he will announce that he is going to pardon Joe Arpaio when he visits here tomorrow.

    • If any man ever deserved punishment, it’s Joseph Arpaio. The fact that the Cheesy Poof in Chief wants to pardon him makes me so angry. His whole administration is just one big troll of the Left.

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