On August 21st, 2017, President Trump announced that we’d be sending more troops (roughly 4000 more) to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, this new plan wasn’t well received by some pro-Trump news sources.
Laura Ingraham, a big Trump supporter, tweeted: “Who’s going to pay for it? What is our measure of success? We didn’t win with 100k troops. How will we win with 4000 more?” and “I thought we were going to drain the swamp in Washington, not clear the desert in Afghanistan”.
Brian Darling from Breitbart wrote: “I voted for Donald J. Trump because he promoted a foreign policy of restraint… I voted for Donald J. Trump because he promised change. I may have made a mistake.”
Tucker Carlson of Fox News also disapproved of Trump’s plan: “If the goal is to keep Islamic extremism from our shores, why is a war more effective than a vigorously enforced travel ban?”
They’re all wrong in what they say. Let’s begin with Laura. “Who’s going to pay for it?” The President had asked in the same speech that the U.S. would “ask NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy, with additional troop and funding increases in line of our own.” Now, I’m not gonna trust that NATO will ever support Trump, but he has said that we will ask them to help us out in sending troops and funding them to fight.
“What is our measure of success?” Ultimate defeat of our enemies. That is our measure. “Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition – attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.”
“We didn’t win with 100k troops. How will we win with 4000 more?” It’s not about the number of troops we send. It’s about the strategy we employ. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, a former French Foreign Affairs Minister famously said: “I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.” Up until now, our strategy was a timetable-based one.
In his speech, Trump said: “As a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways: A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions… Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.”
Obama would tell our enemies when attacks would be carried out. That literally goes against The Art of War by Sun Tzu: “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
So we will be employing a new strategy that will keep our enemies guessing as to when we will attack, knowing that an attack (and most likely, multiple attacks) is coming. And for that last part of Ingraham’s tweet? “I thought we were going to drain the swamp in Washington, not clear the desert in Afghanistan.” Who says we can’t do both?
Obama has been purposefully incompetent when it came to fighting ISIS and radical Islamic extremists. Trump inherited Obama’s mess with ISIS and, at the moment, ISIS is debilitated. With their relatively recent end to their caliphate, they have to regroup and establish a new caliphate somewhere else. We can’t let them catch a breath. They’ve gotten more chances to breathe than people in China. We can’t allow them to regroup and rethink their strategy. Part of the reason we’re going to Afghanistan is so that THEY CAN’T regroup, at least there.
Next is the guy from Breitbart. In short, I just think he’s exaggerating. Yes, Trump said a few years ago that it was a waste of time and money to send people to Afghanistan. But he’s also recognized that you think differently when you seat at the desk in the Oval Office. Even Trump in his speech recognized that his way of thinking was different.
“My original instinct was to pull out… But all my life, I have heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office. In other words, when you are President of the United States.” People change their minds all the time. Let’s just be grateful that he hasn’t changed his mind when it comes to the Wall or Climate Change. This war in Afghanistan should continue, as long as the President has a plan for ultimate victory, which I believe he does.
But to say that you “may have made a mistake” in voting for Trump because “he promoted a foreign policy of restraint… and promised change” and hasn’t done that in your mind is ridiculous. He promised a foreign policy in which America would come first and would ultimately be victorious. He promised to “blow the **** out of ISIS”. That’s not restraint. That’s ensuring American victory, as he is doing with this new plan in Afghanistan.
And finally, Tucker Carlson. “If the goal is to keep Islamic extremism from our shores, why is a war more effective than a vigorously enforced travel ban?” Last time I checked, we’re doing both. The Supreme Court approved of a travel ban in June. But that travel ban didn’t include Afghanistan. And Afghanistan is still very much a part of the Islamic world, and therefore, is more than capable of producing al-Qaeda or ISIS terrorists.
Not to mention that a travel ban, as effective as it can be, doesn’t solve the problem of Islamic terrorism. War won’t either, but it will go a lot farther than a few travel bans here and there. Not to mention that there will definitely not be any travel bans on Islamic countries with a Democrat in the White House, which is bound to happen eventually (hopefully, not any time soon). So Trump’s strategy will work longer-term than travel bans will.
All in all, ensuring the ultimate success and safety of America should be, and is, the President’s biggest priority. That’s why I think Trump’s plan is great, because he will work to ensure that we are both safe and victorious against these evil forces. And part of that is NOT TELLING THE ENEMY WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO AND WHEN WE’RE GONNA DO IT!
War is never pretty and I wish it never had to happen. But in reality, there will always be people that are evil to the core. For as long as Man is on Earth, there will be evil in the world. And evil will never cease fighting until good is defeated. Islamists will never stop fighting until they are all either dead or rulers of Earth. The Left will never stop trying to destroy Trump. Even after he leaves office (hopefully in 8 years), they won’t stop destroying him. They will try to destroy his reputation and legacy like they have been doing with Reagan.
And it doesn’t help when Trump supporters disagree with the President’s actions this way. Yes, they can disagree all they want, but it only helps give the Left ammunition to take down Trump. Is Trump always right? No. He’s human, after all. But to tweet or write articles that are very obviously short-sighted is not gonna help Trump or our conservative cause.
2 Peter 3:7
“But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”
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