Trump Breaks Another Campaign Promise With Afghanistan War Escalation

Department of Defense

U.S. News: President Donald Trump says he will stay the course in Afghanistan, pleasing advocates of military intervention but angering key elements of his conservative, non-interventionist base.

“Trump announced Monday evening that he will broaden the mandate of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan to prevent a defeat in the war that has dragged on for 16 years. His aides have said he would approve an increase in U.S. troops from an estimated 8,400 today up to about 12,400. But Trump … didn’t describe how he would define success in Afghanistan.”

“‘My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts,’ Trump said. ‘But all my life, I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.'”

Conservatives are upset because he is violating a campaign promise to get out of Afghanistan.

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