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Saturday, August 26, 2017

For a critique of Donald Trump's "new" Afghanistan....

...Let's see what Trump said about that strategy when Obama was doing it
BY SHEILA NORTON  

Image result for donald trump lies about afghanistanBefore Donald Trump was a teleprompter-reading president calling for an escalation of America’s longest war, he was a tweeting reality TV personality.

While the tweeting has continued, it seems that when it comes to foreign policy those two iterations would have little in common

On August 21, President Trump laid out his Afghanistan “strategy,” little more than a Trumpian call to win with no detail as to how the winning might be accomplished.

Nevertheless, his directive to stay in Afghanistan is an ankle-breaking pivot from his attacks on President Obama for eight years.


President Trump is neither diplomatic nor insightful in his 140-character diplomacy. He is brash, blunt, and scathingly critical of the plan future Trump called on August 21.

(Note: Trump frequently calls for investments to be made in rebuilding the U.S. rather than Afghanistan. His speech arguing for the opposite comes on the heels of a White House “Infrastructure Week” in which infrastructure was hardly discussed and the president’s infrastructure commission collapsed. )

Here is Donald Trump, tweeting on Afghanistan.

When will we stop wasting our money on rebuilding Afghanistan? We must rebuild our country first.
Donald J. Trump  3:43 PM - Oct 7, 2011

It is time to get out of Afghanistan. We are building roads and schools for people that hate us. It is not in our national interests.
Donald J. Trump  3:34 PM - Feb 27, 2012

Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!
Donald J. Trump  10:05 AM - Aug 21, 2012

84% of US troops wounded & 70% of our brave men & women killed in Afghanistan have all come under Obama. Time to get out of there.
Donald J. Trump  2:40 PM - Sep 11, 2012

Karzai of Afghanistan is not sticking with our signed agreement. They are dropping us like dopes. Get out now and re-build U.S.!
Donald J. Trump  1:14 PM - Dec 6, 2012

Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.
Donald J. Trump  2:55 PM - Jan 11, 2013

We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.
Donald J. Trump  3:10 PM - Mar 1, 2013

Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024-with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!
Donald J. Trump  9:12 AM - Nov 21, 2013

We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!
Donald J. Trump  4:06 PM - Nov 21, 2013

Now Obama is keeping our soldiers in Afghanistan for at least another year. He is losing two wars simultaneously.
Donald J. Trump  5:20 PM - Dec 1, 2014