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Trump tweet: more confused than ever

October 8, 2020

Summary: President Donald Trump sends out a tweet saying that US forces should all come home by Xmas, as opposed to the understood strategy of withdrawing next year. Sigh.

Just flagging this confused, confusing and highly unhelpful tweet from Donald Trump:

In theory (this week at least), the US are planning to pull out their remaining forces next year. It presents the usual dilemmas with regard to this American President (and this one alone):

Is it policy or his medication?

Does he know what he is talking about?

Will he have tweeted something that overrules or contradicts this in the coming hours/days?

Did he consult anyone with Afghanistan knowledge amongst his advisors?

Does he know how much the Taliban will love this statement?

Does he care?

Trump’s interest in Afghanistan is simple: he will use the conflict in the country to help his election prospects. If it cannot contribute to that then he does not care about the country’s fate.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2020 3:39 pm

    It’s election season. I suspect his generals won’t alter the current plan, whatever it is.

    • October 8, 2020 3:45 pm

      You are right of course, but there is an appalling level or two of incompetence and mismanagement beyond that. It is destabilising peace talks, encouraging the Taliban and confusing the Afghan people. Trump cannot even articulate his own plans, let alone stick to them…

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