More troops to be sen to Afghanistan.
In continuation of an already 16 year-old war, President Trump revealed his plan to send a few thousand more U.S. troops overseas. Trump, who has previously stated his displeasure with the war in Afghanistan, stated that being in a decision-making role has changed his mind. This probably comes on the heels of the quagmire that Syria has become. Many top military officials worry that Afghanistan could be vulnerable to takeover by rogue forces, like ISIS did in Iraq and Syria.
President Trump called on the United States’ NATO allies to contribute as well. He clarified by saying, “Our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check.” Many Americans, like Rand Paul (R-KY) and Justin Amash (R-MI), oppose continued efforts in the Middle East. They see it as a pitfall for funds, and a waste of American lives. “War weariness” has plagued a large portion of the American populace for a decade. Trump even campaigned on discontinuing wars such as this. Yet, this change of heart comes as a warm welcome to more “interventionist” Americans who wish to prevent Afghanistan from becoming what they see in Syria.
The coming months will reveal how much the Trump Administration is willing to put into Afghanistan.
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