Ivytalk wrote:But Trump hasn’t followed through to cut a single deal on security, and his record on actual trade agreements remains to be seen. It seems to be a matter of showmanship with him. Plus he has a notoriously short attention span beyond the next news cycle, leading him to treat Kim Jong-un like a yo-yo with nothing to show for it. I agree on his apparent noninterventionist instincts but, again, we need to see follow-through. Afghanistan troop withdrawal will be a clearer sign, if it happens.
Maybe- but my point is that he has repeatedly indicated that we don’t belong in overseas quagmires, and he hasn’t escalated while Iran shows their collective ass and China becomes much mire provocative in the S China Sea. He has done nothing to indicate that he is interested in expending American blood and treasure in what should be other people’s fights. And he’s fired the hawks that have been in his ear. So for me, in terms of overseas adventurism, Trump is an A while Obama was a C- and Bush was an F. And firing Bolton makes up for the idiocy of hiring him in the first place.
Realpolitik alone will keep us in Afghanistan. But I guarantee that if there’s one person who can pull us out - consequences be damned - it is Trump.
And mark my words - if any of these Dems wind up in the Oval Office in 2020 we will be in Afghanistan for their entire tenure. MAYBE Yang would pull us out. Maybe.
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I like this assessment.
Trumps pattern is obvious - he tweets and staggers from one thing to another with no real promise or action being taken towards the goal. Aside from his mere presence lifting the stock market, he really hasn't accomplished anything of long term value
- at least nothing that I can think of at the moment. He's for the quick gain, nothing more. For a guy that was going to hire the best people, he certainly has picked some duds. Or has been erratic enough to chase off some that were actually worth a damn (Kelly, Haley, Mathis, for example).
You're right - consequences be damned - Trump is the best person to pull us out of Afghanistan. We don't have a clear exit strategy there. Let's leave but make it known, that if you screw with us the full weight of the US Military Complex will come down on you with unrelenting force.