Secretary Tillerson follows up on President Trump’s Address yesterday. In case you missed it, here is the video. NATO and several notable experts have all come out for this new strategy. MSM of course, especially CNN, has voiced all manner of statements that have no basis in understanding of the needs of the region or our role in it.
According to the transcript, President Trump outlined his pillars of the strategy:
- A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.
- Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable.
- Another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power — diplomatic, economic, and military — toward a successful outcome.
- Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society, and to achieve an everlasting peace. We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society. We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists. (But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands, or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over.)
- The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan.
- Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India — the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States.
- I have already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our warfighters that prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy.
- As we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the field, we are already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat ISIS, including the liberation of Mosul in Iraq.
Hopefully, this will finally be ending some of the uncertainty and misdirection at least with the understanding that the countries involved are responsible for their governments and their living not the USA. We are finally no longer the conscience, unlimited ATM, nor in the business of governing anyone but ourselves. We are ONLY interested in eliminating the threat of radical terrorists.
In less than a year after a lot of high level meetings, evidence-based discussions, and a lot of time and energy, President Trump has been able to come up with an umbrella of strategy for the Middle Eastern region that works with his military branch, with his diplomatic branch, and just as importantly with his allies and NATO. Something that in eight years, Obama either chose not to address fully or transmit to all parties including our own citizens.
TAKE HEED MSM – If a fighter goes into a fight for his life–he doesn’t want his enemy aware of his every move, including the number of friends he brings to the throw down. — So shut up!
We want our people safe and able to do their job without the nosey interference of “traitors” or “seditionists” and won’t take kindly to your constant whining or your “he said, she said” scoops on this. Nor do we want as adults to see the “made-up stories” or your theatrics on air. Report truth not fiction. We can buy a ticket to a movie if we want a theatrical fiction story.
Trump gets it.
I hate that our men and women are involved in conflicts around the world, especially this area. But if they are–then they have to be fully prepared, fully equipped, with decision-making there not in some far-off building by bureaucrats, and fully engaged not in pandering but in finishing this and winning.
We prefer that the Middle East handle its own government and issues. Cruelty, genocide, and chemical warfare aside. Frankly flooding all the countries of the world with able-bodied young fighters is madness. They should have been back home defending their own people and their own lands. That they didn’t means their objective was not peaceful to those they went to, but they came as a trojan horse for take-over. We know it….and it has been made abundantly clear.
Returning every few years is ridiculous, costly, and wasteful of our own military and resources. Eliminate the threat and remove refugees back to their homeland so they can begin to rebuild what they ran away from.