With all the turmoil going on in DC, the Russian investigation, the White House staffing musical chairs and the ever-looming threat from Pyongyang, the continuing war in Afghanistan has found little focus. On Friday, President Trump met with his National Security team and Vice President Pence at Camp David to discuss the future of the war in Afghanistan and the role of the US Military.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement saying, “The President is studying and considering his options and will make an announcement to the American people, to our allies and partners, and to the world at the appropriate time.”
What are the options? According to reports, Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster have a range of options some of which include adding another 3,500 to 5,000 more troops to levels which stand at around 8,400.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released his own statement regarding the status of Afghanistan last Thursday, August 10th, saying, “[a]dopting a new strategy for achieving America’s national security interests in Afghanistan is a decision of the highest importance.” According to the statement, Sen. McCain, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has filed an amendment to the defense authorization bill after “consulting with some of our nation’s most experienced and respected former military and intelligence officials.”