Trump and Afghanistan

August 11th, 2017 (article from me to the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin)

“Dear Editor: I was amazed to read that President Trump believes that he can somehow win the war in Afghanistan by firing the current commander there, Gen. John Nicholson. Apparently, Trump complained in a meeting that we are “losing” in Afghanistan, and therefore it must be the fault of Nicholson. After 16 years and a trillion dollars, we’re losing? No kidding. Nobody has ever won in Afghanistan. Ask the British or the Russians. It’s not called the “graveyard of empires” for nothing.

President Trump also commented that he doesn’t want to listen to his military leaders any more, because they give “lousy” advice. He can do that. There is a precedent for it. Hitler didn’t listen to his generals either.”

 

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