President Trump announced that he plans to expand U.S. military operations in Afghanistan by adding several thousand troops to the region. Certain Republicans voiced support for Trump’s decision to boost troop levels, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who credited Trump with embracing a new “doctrine” of “principled realism,” saying Obama committed a “strategic mistake” by setting a timetable for troop withdrawals. On the other hand, Democrats and some Republicans blasted Trump for failing to disclose specific information on the plan, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who said it is “a terrible idea to send any more troops” into Afghanistan. Trump’s decision to adopt a conditions-based approach to the war without a specific timetable angered several Democrats, who suggested that the new plan could leave U.S. troops in Afghanistan indefinitely. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Trump is “declaring an open-ended commitment of American lives with no accountability to the American people.”
What do you think? Is Trump taking the right approach to the war in Afghanistan?
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