Trump Doubles Down on Military Out of Afghanistan by Christmas

Candidate Trump once more promising what President Trump has failed to deliver in the 4 years he has had

President Trump reiterated a surprise declaration he made via Twitter on Wednesday night. In Wednesday’s tweet, the president said all US troops in Afghanistan should be home by Christmas.

Speaking to Fox Business on Thursday, Trump reinforced his desire for the Christmas deadline. “We’re down to 4,000 troops in Afghanistan. I’ll have them home by the end of the year. They’re coming home, you know, as we speak. Nineteen years is enough. They’re acting as policemen, OK? They’re not acting as troops,” he said.

President Trump’s tweet on Wednesday came just hours after National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said there would be about 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan by early 2021. The withdrawal is scheduled to be completed by May 2021 as per the US-Taliban peace deal that was signed in February.

Talks between the Taliban and the US-backed Afghan government are ongoing in Doha. While the intra-Afghan talks were delayed for months before they got started, and violence between the warring parties continues, the US troop drawdowns have actually been ahead of schedule.

For their part, the Taliban welcomed Trump’s new plan and called it a “positive step” for the US-Taliban agreement.

An unnamed Trump administration official told the AP News that Trump’s tweet “laid down a marker” on US troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, and “since he is the commander in chief, the rest of the administration will follow his lead.”

AP and other news outlets spoke with unnamed US officials who voiced their disapproval of Trump’s Christmas deadline. Many of the officials said the tweet hurt the Afghan government’s leverage over the Taliban.

Source: Antiwar.com


Anonymous Officials Throw Cold Water on Trump’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

President Trump’s tweet on Wednesday about US troops in Afghanistan coming home before Christmas took a lot of people by surprise. While the Pentagon offered no official statement on the president’s comments, anonymous US officials made sure to let the media know of their disapproval of the plan.

Unnamed officials told Fox News how the tweet could have hurt the “delicate” negotiations with the Taliban. The US-Taliban peace deal signed in February has the US on track to pull its last remaining forces out of the country by Spring 2021. The Taliban are currently involved in talks in Doha with the US-backed government.

Several officials “close to the negotiations,” told Fox that Trump’s declaration “may have even jeopardized” the intra-Afghan talks. Unnamed counterterrorism officials even said the tweet might lead to victory for the Taliban, the collapse of the Afghan government, and a “major shot of adrenalin” to the global jihadist movement.

AP News ran a story on Thursday that said the US military was “blindsided” by Trump’s tweetAP said Pentagon and State Department officials were alarmed by Trump’s comments and feared it would undercut the Afghan peace process. Multiple anonymous officials told AP that they have no knowledge of an earlier deadline for the withdrawal.

Reuters also published a story on Trump’s comments that cited unnamed officials. Three officials said the tweet caught the National Security Council, State Department, and Pentagon by surprise. The officials also said they feared it would reduce the leverage the Afghan government has over the Taliban. “A lot of different scenarios have been discussed, but we weren’t expecting this,” one official said.

AP was the only outlet to speak with a Trump administration official. That official said the president “laid down a marker Wednesday on US troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and since he is the commander in chief, the rest of the administration will follow his lead.”

President Trump reiterated his stance in an interview with Fox Business on Thursday morning. “We’re down to 4,000 troops in Afghanistan. I’ll have them home by the end of the year. They’re coming home, you know, as we speak. Nineteen years is enough. They’re acting as policemen, OK? They’re not acting as troops,” he said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made comments on Afghanistan after Trump’s comments, insisting the alliance will only pull out when the time is right. “We decided to go into Afghanistan together, we will make decisions on future adjustments together, and when the time is right, we will leave together,” Stoltenberg said.

While the president does seem eager to pull out of Afghanistan, he has been talked out of troop withdrawals before. Like in Syria, where after two failed withdrawals, the president decided to leave a small force to “secure” the oil.

Since the idea of ending the 19-year-old war in Afghanistan is popular, Trump’s declaration was likely an attempt to secure more votes, as the presidential election is quickly approaching.

Source: Antiwar.com

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cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago

article on antiwar.com claims trump now tells Iran not to “fuck with us”…..
“obama’s job is to lie to a nation of liars”. Kiese Laymon
in a military dictatorship they create fake elections that are interfered with by Russia to convince peasants they live in a “procedural republic” like North Korea (M Sandel at Harvard)
R Hofstadter’s 1965 Oxford lectures; ‘The Paranoid Style in amerikan Politics’—-amerikans change little—except more narcissistic, insecure, paranoid stupefied
now more than half under 40—liberals–belief astrology is scientific
47-60%, mainly atheists, believe in ghosts—perhaps ghosts can invade Iran

restless94110
restless94110
2 months ago

The sub-headline is missing. The dumbshit who wrote this article apparently doesn’t understand the military. The military has at least a 20 year history of not doing what the Administration tells them to do. this has nothing to do with Trump.

L Garou
L Garou
2 months ago

The day the (cia) drives out of Afghanistan with those bumper crop poppy fields disappearing in the rear view mirror is the day hell freezes over..

Séamus Ó Néill
Séamus Ó Néill
2 months ago

Over 20,000 lies so far, what’s another one from this self-confessed murderer, war-criminal, thief and pirate….the world has had more than enough of that genocidal , satanic, psychopathic, amoral cesspit …..take all your scumbags back to the US and keep them there….away from decent human beings !

Doug L
Doug L
2 months ago

ROFL! Like he did when he SAID he’d pull our boyz from SYRIA only to put them back in to STEAL THEIR OIL Right Epstein GUILTY P0S TRUMP???? comment image

jaded flower
jaded flower
2 months ago

His bosses probably won’t allow, just more bollocks for the believers.

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Jean Freeman
4 months ago
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Bob
Bob
2 months ago

Promises, promises.

Ronnie&MargaretInDementia
Ronnie&MargaretInDementia
2 months ago

The military industrial circus will not allow it and neither will the CIA who are making billions off the heroin just like they did in Vietnam.

Raptar Driver
Raptar Driver
2 months ago

Let’s see if he actually does this. So far he hasn’t come through on many things
Though I must say Joe Biden is death.

thomas malthaus
thomas malthaus
2 months ago

What countries are they being sent to?

https://journal-neo.org/2020/10/07/seoul-s-new-old-proposal-to-end-inter-korean-conf

It’s not lost on North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un or China’s Xi Jinping that the US has no intention of deleveraging or removing troops from the Korean Peninsula.

It’s not lost on South Korean President Moon Jae-In that the Chinese aren’t the threat to either Korea that Washington would prefer to articulate. Among other intentions, it’s about giving your people unjustified hope.

That doesn’t happen in America.

Eileen Kuch
Eileen Kuch
4 months ago

When President Trump doubled down on US military out of Afghanistan by Christmas, he meant bringing them back home, not to other countries. As of now, there are only 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan. They’re acting only as policemen, not as troops, and this is why he wants to bring these 4,000 troops back home where they belong.

chris/irish
chris/irish
2 months ago

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PANDER ON FRUMP

Billo
Billo
2 months ago

4 years later, still waiting. More swamp monsters now than when he started. he keeps appointing them.

Doug L
Doug L
2 months ago
Reply to  Billo

BINGO!

nick1111
nick1111
2 months ago

You cannot believe a one word of this idiot

voza0db
2 months ago

One has to be a really moron slave to believe in mutTrump promises to end the PROFIT!

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ALL the jesters in office are PRO-WAR!

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