Trump approves plan to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, outlines vision for conflict (VIDEO)
By Brian Seay
In a prime time address to the nation Monday, President Donald Trump outlined his vision for the future of the nearly 16 year conflict in Afghanistan.
In a 25 minute speech, the president said America will no longer engage in “nation building,” and will instead focus on eliminating terrorism, pointing out that Americans are weary of war without victory “after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure” in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and Al Qaeda, would instantly fill just as happened before Sept. 11,” Trump said. “And as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies.”
More than 8,000 U.S. troops are currently serving in Afghanistan. Trump didn’t talk specifics in Monday’s speech, but officials said he signed off on Defense Secretary James Mattis’ plans to send an additional 4,000 troops.
In recent years, Trump often called on former President Obama to pull out of Afghanistan, something he alluded to in his speech. “My original instinct was to pull out,” he said. “And historically, I like following my instincts.”
“But all my life I’ve