REPORT: President Trump Moves To End War In Afghanistan

President Trump loves a strong military but detests wars that go on endlessly and without clearly defined objectives. It is with that backdrop that the president’s Secretary of Defense James Mattis is now openly calling for an end to what he describes as a 40-year conflict that includes seventeen years of a U.S. military presence in the region. 

President Trump is more determined than ever to bring the troops home.

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Via The Hill:

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Monday called for the international community to help end the war in Afghanistan and aid regional leaders in their efforts to bridge longstanding disagreements, saying that conflicts in Afghanistan have now gone on for “40 years.”

“In Afghanistan, it’s gone on now it’s approaching 40 years; 40 years is enough, and it’s time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations, support [Indian] Prime Minister Modi, support [Afghan] President Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here. So, we are on that track,” Mattis told reporters ahead of a meeting with his Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman.

The U.S. has had a military presence in Afghanistan for 17 years, since 2001, when it removed the Taliban government from power, but Afghanistan has been in conflict since the late 1970s when U.S.-backed Afghan guerrillas repelled the Soviet Union from the country in a nine-year war.

Since the U.S. has had a presence, however, troops have been bogged down in an insurgency waged by the Taliban and other armed groups.

Mattis noted that the U.S. is currently concerned over the influence of Pakistan-based armed groups that have clashed with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“The presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has also heightened U.S. sensitivity to the rivalry between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Washington and New Delhi share concerns over Pakistan-based anti-Western and anti-Indian Islamist militant groups,” he said, according to the Afghan media outlet Tolo News.

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President Trump is said to be appalled at how much the U.S. spends maintaining a troop presence in faraway Afghanistan (Approximately TWO TRILLION dollars since 2001) while some in Congress and much of the Establishment Media consider $5 or $10 billion on border security to be too costly. Such a contradiction makes no sense to the president or his tens of millions of supporters.


 

LOL: The Must-See Mad Dog Mattis Response To Media Questions Regarding Proposed Military Parade

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is definitely a throwback Alpha Male of the best kind. Here was his response to the Pentagon press corps who were suddenly obsessed about the prospect of a Trump-proposed military parade to honor those in this country who continue to sacrifice to keep our world safer and freer:

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Mad Dog Mattis Tells U.S. Military To “Be Ready” On North Korea

Via ARMY TIMES:

America’s relationship with North Korea remains a diplomatic one, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Monday, but he urged members of the military to be prepared in case the situation breaks down.

Mattis also used his keynote speech at the annual AUSA conference in Washington, D.C., to thank allies who have stood with the U.S. through the ages.

“It is right now a diplomatically, economic-sanctions-buttressed effort to try and turn North Korea off of this path,” Mattis told the audience. “What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say.”

“There is one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is you have to be ready to ensure we have military options that our president can deploy if needed,” Mattis said. “The international community has spoken, but that means the U.S. Army must stand ready.”

“So if you’re ready, that’s your duty at this point and time, and I know the Army will always do its duty.”

“What we want to do is be so ready and be very much aware that we fight the way we come, that everybody in the world wants to deal with Secretary Tillerson and the Department of State, not the Department of Defense and the United States Army,” Mattis told the audience to applause.

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