Many in Trump’s base are non-interventionist, libertarian-leaning Republicans who see overseas engagements as contributing in part to America’s decline.
Despite this, Trump’s message on what to do about the now sixteen year long war in Afghanistan is clear.
Afghanistan and Iraq were both a mess when Trump inherited them from Obama, and likewise when Obama inherited them from Bush.
Obama certainly didn’t make things better, and now the question is, can Trump?
The president makes a key point that maybe those who originally supported the exit from Iraq have learned from the vacuum that was created, and understand that this cannot happen again in Afghanistan.
There’s a tremendous need for U.S. soldiers to operate in the two major cities, Kabul and Kandahar, to prepare local Afghan police and military forces to take the fight to the Taliban.
Both Afghanistan and Iraq are now proxy battles in regions where American and Western allied interests need to come out as winners.
Watch as I show you why Trump believes that if the Taliban face enough military pressure, they may come to the table for peace talks.
After 9/11, the U.S. embarked on a nation building effort in the Middle East, and while I tend to be idealistic to a fault in my belief that the entire world would be better off with western values and democracy, that experiment has failed spectacularly.
And so I could not agree more with the President's clear direction:
"We are not nation building again, we are killing terrorists."