Discussion: Officials: Trump's Afghanistan Plan Involves 3,900 More Troops

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Oh shit now ISIS knows how many we are sending and we’ll lose!

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The 3,900 figure includes a combination of trainers, security forces and other support troops, according to the officials, who weren’t authorized to publicly discuss details …

Is that a lot? Enough to make any difference? Just a symbolic gesture? Why wouldn’t the Afghans “wait us out”? They waited everyone else out. It is their country and their goats, after all. I just don’t see a strategy here unless it’s a distraction.

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Per Breitbart, according to Erik Prince (and why should we not believe him?), McMaster wanted 70,000-80,000 troops in Afghanistan. Maybe the Blackwater guys better get their stuff together and arrange transportation.

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[quote=“ralph_vonholst, post:3, topic:61027”]
I just don’t see a strategy here unless it’s a distraction.
[/quote]I think you nailed it. Trump’s strategy is to have a distraction - actually a distraction that can change based on conditions in Mueller’s investigation, the media and whatever else needs to be distracted from. I can’t see a 3900 troop increase being a military strategy at all to achieve any real and lasting objectives.

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If 100,000 couldn’t do it back in 2010-11, I’m pretty sure 12,000 isn’t going to do it today. Without a functional government in Kabul and stopping Pakistan from supporting the Taliban, this is a fig leaf policy.

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They are probably just ‘advisors’ , which will help with the ‘Afghanistation’ (?) of the conflict.

A well known pattern, next up: the draft …

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Before he was a presidential candidate, Trump ardently argued for a quick withdrawal from Afghanistan and called the war a massive waste of U.S. “blood and treasure.”

Though he didn’t mention it last night (thank f— God), this notion might have also changed his mind.

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Trump was among those who argued that Obama was aiding the enemy by telegraphing U.S. intentions


He warned against the mistakes made in Iraq, where an American military withdrawal led to a vacuum that the Islamic State group quickly filled.

tired of fact checking this, soooooo

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"We know how to defend our motherland," said one of the commanders, who, like many of the militants, spoke on condition of anonymity. "If we could fight this war for 16 years with limited resources against the world’s well-equipped armies, we are happy to continue this fight against the enemy."

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@geofu54

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“Trump offered few specifics of how his strategy would be implemented.”

Phase 1: Collect underpants.

Phase 2: ???

Phase 3: Obliterate ISIS, crush al-Qaida, and prevent the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan.

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His secret plan is apparently to have India piss off Pakistan to the point where Pakistan launches a nuke at India and India retaliates and Afghanistan will no longer be a problem since the fallout will definitely wipe the problem out.

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So, how would that be calculated in terms of Friedman Units and body bags?

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Well, if you’re going to have a secret plan, you might as well go big. Get some nukes flying, and blame it on someone else.

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Hold on. Why would we need to obliterate ISIS? I thought Donald Trump crushed ISIS into a fine powder thirty days after the biggest inauguration in the history of the universe?

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Somehow I think Donnie’s little self-gratification speech last night recruited more than 3,900 new Taliban / ISIS fighters.

Always creating jobs, Hair Furor?

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Dommyluc’s Afghanistan Plan:
No one knows anything, so just shut the fuck up and get the fuck out.
But, of course, I don’t grab pussies or bankrupt casinos or kiss the asses of Nazis so nobody gives a flying fuck what I think. Otherwise, Maggie Haberman of the NYT would be singing daily hosannas to me. With Glenn Thrush singing falsetto in the background.

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Trump’s objectives of “obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaida, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.”

Those objectives seem a bit loftier than what an additional 3900 troops can accomplish. Better wear your Captain America gear and up your game, troops - Conman in Chief Trump is counting on you to win.

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We are now in Afghanistan for three reasons:. 1. A base for anti terrorist efforts against the Taliban and other terrorists.
2. Prevent another embarrassing loss similar to Vietnam.
3. American control of rare earth minerals in abundance in Afghanistan.

You can decide which of the three is most important.

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Trump: “Make no mistake: We’re coming for your coal.”

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( :point_left: …my forehead keeps meeting my keyboard…)

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