Thursday, April 20, 2017
What Is The U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan?
Daniel DePetris, RCD: Still Missing a Strategy After 16 Years in Afghanistan
More than 16 years after the first Special Operations Forces unit stepped onto Afghan soil, does the United States have a strategy in Afghanistan?
The Trump administration is still trying to determine the answer to that question, which is why President Trump dispatched National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster to Afghanistan for a full review of Washington’s options. McMaster, Trump said, traveled to Afghanistan to “find out how we can make progress alongside our Afghan partners.”
“Progress” is an interesting term, because it’s been used by civilian and military leaders repeatedly for more than a decade and a half as a means to assure the American people that their sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers in uniform are undertaking a mission that is of the utmost importance to the national security of the United States.
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WNU Editor: What's my take. It is now time for the U.S. to leave, and let the Afghans and the regional powers sort this mess out.