The politics of Trump’s Afghanistan. @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter

Aug 22, 2017, 04:15 AM

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The politics of Trump’s Afghanistan. @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter

In a nod to concerns among his supporters that his decision marks a retrenchment in Afghanistan, Trump insisted that the United States would not provide “unlimited” support and resources. “Our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check,” Trump said. “The government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political, and economic burden.” But the strategy Trump described Monday night amounted to an open-ended approach, which is likely to worry voters who supported him, in part, because of his promise to scale back the United States’ commitments abroad. It is not the first time Trump has shifted away from his campaign rhetoric about foreign entanglements in his actions as president. He has framed his decisions to use military force — including Tomahawk missile strikes on an air base in Syria in April after President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons — around his pledge to be tough on terrorism and direct threats to American security. But before serving as president, he criticized Obama for contemplating military action in Syria in response to Assad’s chemical weapons use. Trump has been acutely aware of the limited options he faces and has blamed his predecessors — principally Obama — for leaving him what he described Monday as a “bad and very complex hand.” Citing Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq in 2011, Trump said he would not consider such a strategy in Afghanistan. “A hasty withdrawal will create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al-Qaeda, would instantly fill,” he said. “We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.” Even before his campaign, Trump was skeptical about the war. “When will we stop wasting our money on rebuilding Afghanistan?” he tweeted in 2011. “We must rebuild our country first.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-expected-to-announce-small-troop-increase-in-afghanistan-in-prime-time-address/2017/08/21/eb3a513e-868a-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5story.html?hpid=hphp-top-table-maintrumpafghanistan-648pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utmterm=.953c0242ab85