His National Security Advisor McMaster was a planner during the first US/Allied effort in that country under Bush and Obama….
But President Obama worked hard to get the troops home….
President Trump is now being pushed to increase the American and NATO military footprint bring back into the Middle East….
He will give Sec Def Mattis and McMaster the authorization to use more Spec Ops and Private Mercenaries to carry out this escalation back that region….
Be aware ….
If the number of troop deaths increase there will media focus on the US overall policy in the region and the cost….
Trump DID promise that money that will go into this should have gone into America…That clip is already being played in the media….
Trump is expected to authorize about 4,000 more U.S. troops for counter-terrorism missions, as well as U.S. advisors to work closer to the front lines with Afghan military officers in America’s longest war.
The new forces will join the 8,400 U.S. and 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops who now train and advise Afghan security forces as they seek to quell a resurgent Taliban, Islamic State militants and other militias that have plunged the war-torn nation into deeper chaos over the last year.
Adding more U.S. forces would reverse President Obama’s decision last year to withdraw 1,400 troops. Obama declared an end to U.S. combat in Afghanistan in 2014.
The new Trump strategy also aims to pressure Pakistan, a nominal U.S. ally, to take greater measures to crack down on Taliban insurgents and other militant groups that launch cross-border raids into Afghanistan.
Whether the strategy will restore stability is far from clear. Despite a variety of American initiatives, the Taliban holds sway over rural areas and controls more territory now than at any time since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 toppled the group from power, according to U.N. estimates.
In a statement, the White House said Trump would address the nation at 9 p.m. EDT Monday from Ft. Myer, outside Washington, instead of the White House or the New Jersey golf resort where he has spent most of the month.
Trump will “provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement” in Afghanistan and South Asia, the statement said.
Trump’s decision emerged from a meeting he held Friday with Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, national security advisor H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and other top advisors at the presidential retreat at Camp David, a rustic compound in rural Maryland…..