This is a balanced and informative read from Brookings, the international think tank. The article pessimistically concludes that even with the additional troops, Trump aims to accomplish more with fewer resources than the United States used in the past. The conclusion according to Brookings is a continued stalemate being the likely outcome.
Following Trump’s speech, world attention is again focused on Afghanistan and America’s continued failures. The Taliban seem to be gaining ground because of Obama’s premature evacuation of US troops. Under Obama too, the opium/heroine trade from Afghanistan to the US has proliferated, with more Americans dying from the opioid epidemic in US cities. Meanwhile, the US has given Pakistan billions of Dollars, despite Pakistan continuing to support the terrorists. Of course, the elephant in the room is the risk of ISIS rebuilding its strength in Afghanistan.
But surely ordinary Americans and their politicians should be asking pointed questions about the explosion of the opioid epidemic?