Making Decisions About The “Least Worse Option…”
New reports indicate that President Trump has been clashing with some generals about a strategy in Afghanistan, but it’s likely he’ll soon send more troops. The President is upset about the options provided to win the war.
Internally, the situations have been described as an “eroding stalemate,” but official reports indicate more troops being sent to the region. They believe that’s the “least worst option.”
That said, it’s also possible Trump could order a complete troop withdrawal, so nothing official has been announced, but they are weighing their options.
John McCain Upset Over Afghanistan
The Daily Caller reports:
“While Secretary of Defense James Mattis does have the authority to unilaterally send more troops to Afghanistan, he reportedly does not want to use that authority without explicit go-ahead from Trump. There are approximately 8,400 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, which is down from a high of more than 100,000 in 2011.”
“Disputes over strategy have delayed production of a plan far past the mid-July deadline, irritating several members of Congress.”
John McCain revealed, “More than six months after President Trump’s inauguration, there still is no strategy for success in Afghanistan. Eight years of a don’t lose strategy has cost us lives and treasure in Afghanistan. Our troops deserve better.”
Security Advisor McMaster Comments On Situation
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster also said, “The president’s already made some important decisions on Afghanistan. Everything before was, you know, troop levels and very specific details announcing to the enemy years in advance exactly the number of troops you’re gonna have, exactly what they’re gonna do and what they’re not gonna do.”
“And so the president has said, that ‘That is not the way to fight a war. It never has been.’ This is an invention of recent years.”