Amid consistent signaling that the administration will deploy several thousand additional soldiers to the Afghan war zone, inability to agree on a strategy has brought about discussion of a troop withdrawal, an option long thought to be beyond the pale for Washington policymakers.
‘It’s a macro question as to whether the U. S., this administration, and this president are committed to staying,’ an anonymous senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal. ‘It doesn’t work unless we are there for a long time, and if we don’t have the appetite to be there a long time, we should just leave. It’s an unanswered question.’
The exploration of the option reflects a divide within the White House, with the president and some top advisers hesitant to deploy new troops without a clear path forward.
During a visit to the Pentagon earlier this month, Trump appeared to back off his commitment to send more soldiers, answering ‘We’ll see’ after being asked about the deployment.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JULY 31, 2017.