Of the dozens of articles on Trump’s Afghanistan speech, the POLITICO article is probably one of the most critical. It concludes that only one thing was clear after President Trump’s vague speech and that was ‘Nobody knows what to do’.
Personally, I think the article is unnecessarily harsh.
I’m no lover of Trump but he’s right to highlight that premature evacuation creates opportunities for terrorists. For me, Obama’s foreign policy disasters have precipitated the current terrorist threat.
Trump is also right to question Pakistan’s role. Under Obama, Pakistan received billions of Dollars but exactly where the money went and the cost benefit analysis is far from clear.
Meanwhile, India’s media have seized on Trump citing India’s importance in solving the conflict in Afghanistan. He actually highlighted how India benefited from business in the US, so it’s time for India to repay. Others will question the wisdom of playing India against Pakistan.
Critically, the US military has prevailed with Trump, for now anyway, but there’s still evidence of Bannon’s ‘US first’ policy. It seems the US not longer wants the moral highground of exporting freedom and democracy.
So is Trump really a Neocon at heart?