Afghanistan. While we seem to be withdrawing from Syria and Iraq, Afghanistan is turning into a massacre.
— Glenn Verasco HTCYL (@GlennVerasco) November 15, 2017
Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2013
This one is not just a continuation and expansion of an insane military occupation that nobody can clearly articulate the justification for, it’s a total reversal on a policy Trump campaigned on. The troop surge he authorized is now complete, with 14,000 US troops now on the ground in Afghanistan, and civilian deaths are rising tremendously as strikes increase.
Again, all officially in the name of fighting terrorism. The US occupation which began sixteen years ago, purportedly to overthrow people responsible for a day of terrorist attacks which killed 2,996 US civilians, has killed more than ten times that number at over 31,000 Afghan civilians and counting. This is not including the lives lost by combatants on both sides. And Trump authorized its escalation.