President Donald Trump took to the podium just hours ago to announce his new plan with regards to American presence in Afghanistan. While most of the media was focusing on what the new strategy is, when it will take place, and how many additional troops will be sent to the troubled country, there was a remark made in the beginning of Trump’s address that was completely overlooked. It shows what many knew all along – Donald Trump is a lying politician just like the rest of them.
“Nearly sixteen years after September 11th attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory. Nowhere is this more evident than with the war with Afghanistan: the longest war in American history. Seventeen years.
Who made THAT mistake? First it’s “nearly sixteen”, then a sentence later it becomes “seventeen”. Whoops!
“I share the American people’s frustration. I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly, lives, trying to rebuild countries in our own image, instead of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations.
That is why shortly after my inauguration I directed Secretary of Defense Mattis and my national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of all strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia. My original instinct was to pull out and historically I like following my instincts, but all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words – when you’re President of the United States.“
Donald Trump’s original instinct was exactly what he campaigned on. Rarely, if ever, did he mention that the decisions he would make when behind the desk in the Oval Office would be different than his instincts which he campaigned on.
If reading the Art of the Deal, or viewing his interviews, or reading his tweets, or looking back in time and comparing his positions then and now, were all not enough for people to second guess this President, hopefully this is. In plain English, the Donald openly admitted that what he campaigned on, his instincts, will not be the way he addresses foreign policy matters.
Game. Set. Match.