President Trump suggests firing top general for 'losing' Afghan war
04 August, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
"We aren't winning. We are losing", Trump reportedly said during the July 19 meeting.
"Our commanders-in-chief, not our commanders in the field, are responsible for this failure", he added, referring to Trump and former President Barack Obama. What's Donald Trump's solution?
Trump is the third US President to be grappling with the Afghan war, which began in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when the then US President George W Bush sent troops to overthrow the Taliban rulers, who had sheltered Al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden. So much so that he reportedly had a tense, two-hour meeting with his military generals in which he encouraged the firing of the commander of US forces in Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump's doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new United States strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the U.S. military commander in the region be fired, USA officials said on Wednesday.
On July 14, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the US Defense Department was close to completing its policy review for a new strategy in Afghanistan.
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.
Trump has expressed little interest in deploying military forces without a specific plan on what they will do and for how long. After a year, Trump said, the consultant's only suggestion was that the restaurant needed a bigger kitchen. He also said the tendency is to assume if someone isn't a three-star general he doesn't know what he's talking about, and that in his own experience in business talking to low-ranking workers has gotten him better outcomes.
"Trump vented to his national security team that the veterans told him forces from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have not been helpful, and he lamented that China is making money off of Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion in rare minerals while American troops are fighting the war", an administration official told NBC News. In response, the defense secretary said the United States was losing because the war in Afghanistan it did not have the required strategy. He also startled the room with a story that seemed to compare their advice to that of a paid consultant who cost a tony NY restaurateur profits by offering bad advice. I think he's done an admirable job.
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