As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m on vacation, so unlike other years, I’m cutting back on posting. I’ll probably put up two posts a day instead of the usual three, at least until Friday. Sorry, but I am burned out on writing, and I am expecting to do literally nothing for a week.
In the meantime, I see the country is still going to shit.
President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan as part of a retooled strategy for the region, overcoming his own doubts about fighting on in America’s longest military conflict.
Trump, in a prime-time televised address at a military base near Washington, said his new approach was aimed at preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for Islamist militants bent on attacking the United States.
“My original instinct was to pull out,” he said, but added he was convinced by his national security advisers to strengthen the U.S. ability to prevent the Taliban from ousting the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.
Meh, this sounds like is has McMasters’ fingerprints all over it, and I don’t trust that clown as far as I can throw him. Look, there is a reason that shithole is nicknamed the “graveyard of empires,” and after sixteen years we’re still stalled. I don’t blame the troops; I blame the leadership.
Personally, I think pulling out would have been a better idea. When Afghanistan needs to be put back into line, we bomb them forward to the Stone Age.
I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong, but I think doubling down on this fifth-world country is a mistake.