We do not win In the White House it gets loud
US President Donald Trump, according to insiders, has irritated his top consultants with ideas about the further action of the US in Afghanistan. At a White House meeting on July 19, Trump demanded more detailed information on the “final state” in the country where the US has been militarily engaged for 16 years without an end to the conflict with the radical Islamic Taliban ,
The meeting in the White House situation room had become stormy when Trump’s defense minister, James Mattis, and General Manager Joseph Dunford suggested they should consider the dismissal of the US commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, because the latter would not win the war. “We do not win,” Trump said, according to several officials who were anonymous.
Some of the consultants had left the meeting “stunned” because Trump had vehemently complained that the army was allowing the US to lose a war. Following the meeting, there was still a clash between Trumps chief strategist Steve Bannon and the National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster on the course of US policy. McMaster, Mattis, and other top consultants would now prepare answers to trumps questions, which they hoped to get Trumps Okay for the new US strategy for the region. A further meeting was scheduled for Thursday.
Increase of the soldiers blocked
According to the insiders, the skepticism of the president in the strategy is already delaying the planned enlargement of US troops in Afghanistan by Mattis. Trump had given his defense minister some time ago free hand in the transfer of US troops. Mattis’ plans to raise the US quota in Afghanistan by 8400 soldiers by a further 4000 are de facto blocked by the uncertainties about the new strategy, the insiders continued.