Deep State Moves to Undermine Trump’s Planned Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
It has become abundantly clear in recent months that President Donald Trump is ready to bring the troops home. He understands that he was elected to be a peace President and is taking his mandate very seriously.
He made the following announcement during Christmas time last year:
Since making his peace proclamation, the deep state has been at work trying to undermine Trump’s progress so troops remain in place around the globe. For Afghanistan in particular, the US is involved there in a 17-year war that is the longest in the nation’s history. Trump has called for troops to come home from Afghanistan, but the Pentagon countered that with a plan of their own calling for troops to remain in the graveyard of empires for at least five more years.
The New York Times explains what the deep state is cooking up:
“All American troops would withdraw from Afghanistan over the next three to five years under a new Pentagon plan being offered in peace negotiations that could lead to a government in Kabul that shares power with the Taliban.
The rest of the international force in Afghanistan would leave at the same time, after having mixed success in stabilizing the country since 2001. The plan is being discussed with European allies and was devised, in part, to appeal to President Trump, who has long expressed skepticism of enduring American roles in wars overseas.
The plan calls for cutting by half, in coming months, the 14,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan. It would task the 8,600 European and other international troops with training the Afghan military — a focus of the NATO mission for more than a decade — and largely shift American operations to counterterrorism strikes.”
Just like what happened in Iraq, it appears the Pentagon is going to stage a phantom withdrawal where a phony peace will be announced, but the policies remain exactly the same. In the case of Iraq, Obama was given the credit by a complicit mainstream media for achieving the peace only to quietly put the troops back in Iraq years later. Lawmakers in the new Democratic Iraq are demanding troop withdrawal, and the US refuses to comply.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been in Trump’s corner throughout this process, trying to make sure that Trump understands that the deep state and Washington D.C. swamp are feeding him misinformation about various foreign threats including Afghanistan. He went off on his colleague Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other lawmakers for agitating on behalf of endless war.
Trump has certainly pledged to bring the troops home, but it is not an easy process. Entrenched institutional power will oppose him every step of the way. He will have to listen to voices like Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who is leading on the issue of non-intervention in Yemen, and not the swamp in order to fulfill his ‘America First’ policy mandate.