In Meeting With Generals, Trump Compares His Afghanistan War Strategy to Remodeling a Restaurant

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NY Mag: “NBC News reports that during a July 19 meeting in the situation room with his top national security advisers, President Trump repeatedly suggested that General John Nicholson, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, should be replaced because we’re not winning the 16-year war. He also … suggested he wasn’t getting good advice from top military officials.”

“Trump was reportedly influenced by a recent meeting he had with veterans who served in Afghanistan. To illustrate why he felt they may have better insight on an Afghanistan strategy than the generals, he told a story about the renovation of New York’s 21 Club in 1987.

“Per NBC: Trump told his advisers that the restaurant, Manhattan’s elite ‘21’ Club, had shut its doors for a year and hired an expensive consultant to craft a plan for a renovation. After a year, Trump said, the consultant’s only suggestion was that the restaurant needed a bigger kitchen.”

“Officials said Trump kept stressing the idea that lousy advice cost the owner a year of lost business and that talking to the restaurant’s waiters instead might have yielded a better result.”

“Trump’s advisers contend that the U.S. is losing not because they’re out of touch, but because the president has refused to sign off on a strategy in Afghanistan.”

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