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Trump Inherits The Afghanistan Albatross — And Commits For The Long Term

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EiUjcu_Dw0 President Trump inherited it with the presidency and now is putting the albatross that is Afghanistan around his own neck. According to senior U.S. officials, Trump will become the third consecutive commander in chief to authorize a major deployment of American troops. On Monday, he explained his reasoning following months of deliberation — which followed years of skepticism before he launched his political career. "We have wasted an enormous amount...

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President Trump inherited it with the presidency and now is putting the albatross that is Afghanistan around his own neck.

Five years ago, before he was a candidate for president, Donald Trump was pretty sure he knew what to do about Afghanistan. It was a losing proposition, "a complete waste" in terms of "blood and treasure."

"Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back?" he asked on Twitter in 2012. "Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!"

More recently, candidate Trump was less certain about exactly when the U.S. should exit the struggle that he had railed against continuing.

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