President Trump Expected to Bring Home Half of US Troops From Afghanistan

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President Trump Expected to Bring Home Half of US Troops From Afghanistan
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President Trump Expected to Bring Home Half of US Troops From Afghanistan
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According to the New York Times, the Trump administration has already ordered a withdrawal of half the US military forces in Afghanistan.  There are about 14,000 US military personnel currently deployed in Afghanistan, supported by an additional 8,000 NATO and allied troops. The remaining 7,000 US troops will be the fewest in the country since shortly after the war began over 17 years ago.

The president’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan coincides with his recent decision to remove all US forces from Syria. These foreign policy moves seem inline with previous comments made by the president during his 2016 campaign. President Trump was highly critical of US foreign policy while campaigning for the presidency, condemning the financial costs and deadly mistakes of the War on Terror.

While public opinion seems to be on the president’s side regarding his recent drawdown of troops in the Middle East, that didn’t stop numerous politicians and media personalities from attacking the decision. President Trump has responded to the criticism in interviews and via his Twitter account. In a series of recent tweets, the president went after his critics, including former military generals.

In the above tweet, the president highlights the concept of the War on Terror as a never ending war, a common criticism of the war expressed by individuals across the political spectrum. More than 2,400 Americans have died in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. The War on Terror has cost the US nearly 6 trillion dollars. To help put that number into perspective, the entire US housing market is worth about 30 trillion dollars.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis recently retired, and has expressed criticism of the president’s recent decisions. In response, President Trump told reporters that he essentially fired Mattis. The president went on to to criticize Mattis for his performance waging war in Afghanistan. President Trump also noted that the USSR went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan, and that he would not allow the United States to continue indefinitely expending resources there.

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