East Tennessee Times
Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:15 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:15 AM
President Trump To SEnd Additional Troops To Afghanistan, Map Out New Strategy To "WIN" The War
President Trump addressed the nation at 9
p.m. ET from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia about the path forward for
U.S. engagement in Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, 8,400 U.S. troops remain, down from a high of 100,000 during President Obama's first term, according to CBS News.
CBS News reports the administration had been exploring possible options for a new strategy, but the decision was delayed over concerns that the U.S.-led coalition is not winning the fight against the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Prior to Mr. Trump's address, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a phone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. According to a read-out of the calls, the topic of discussion was "how the United States would like to work with each country to stabilize South Asia through a new, integrated regional strategy."
President Trump said he had arrived at three conclusions after analyzing U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:
He said the U.S. must seek "honorable and enduring outcome" in Afghanistan because he said servicemembers "deserve a plan for victory."
Mr. Trump said there are consequences to a rapid exit, calling them "predictable and unacceptable."'
The president said he thought the security threat the U.S. faces in Afghanistan is "immense." He announced there are 20 foreign terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He said his first instinct was to withdraw from Afghanistan.
"My original instinct was to pull out and historically, I like following my instincts," he said, adding that that changes when you become president.
"I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle."
Mr. Trump said that Americans are "weary of war without victory," referring to the war in Afghanistan, which he said has gone on for 17 years.
"I share the American people's frustration. I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has [spent] too much time trying to rebuild countries in our own image instead of pursuing our security interests," he said.
He said U.S. troops deserve to return to a country "that is not at war with itself at home"
"When one part of America hurts, we all hurt," he said. "And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together."
U.S. Senator Bob Corker released the following statement after President Trump’s address to the nation about Afghanistan.
“I had the opportunity to talk with Secretary Tillerson in advance of this evening’s address, and while I look forward to receiving additional details, I support the direction President Trump laid out tonight for the U.S. role in Afghanistan,” said Corker.
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