Tuesday, 22 August 2017

We will no longer use American military to construct democracies in faraway lands – Trump reveals US new strategy in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump has said the US will change its “approach and how to deal with” Pakistan.

In his address to the nation from the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, Trump said the US will no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations.

He said, We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.”

Trump added that the country has continued to shelter terrorists trying to destroy innocent people everyday.

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace,” he added.

He also stated that the US will “further develop its strategic partnership with India.”

He expressed optimism that some of the US NATO allies and partners will support the new strategy.

Trump said, “We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own. We are confident they will. Since taking office, I have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense, and they have done so.”

He added that “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. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests. We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward.”

President Trump also mapped out new strategies for the war in Afghanistan.

In his address, Trump said his instincts had told him to pull out of the nearly 16-year-long war but decided against it.

“My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office,” Trump said in the address to the nation from the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia.

“However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check. The American people expect to see real reforms and real results.”

He added that the hasty withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq led to the rise of ISIS.

On his new strategies, Trump said there would be a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.

He said troops will no longer follow timetables.

He said, “A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin, or end, military options. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.

“Conditions on the ground — not arbitrary timetables — will guide our strategy from now on.”

He added that “another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power — diplomatic, economic, and military — toward a successful outcome.”

President Trump after delivering the powerful address, appreciated men and women of the military who had and continues to make the United States of America proud.

In his address, Trump expressed his undoubted confidence in the military and laid out a perfect strategy for the Afghan War.

Trump also sent a warning signal to any group or individual who might have a provocative plan against the US. He stressed America’s willingness to meet any plan of such with the best countermeasure possible.

Aside from the Afghan strategy which commentators including Sen Marc Rubio have applauded, the President’s address also communicated the excellent state of the military over which the presidency has expended millions of dollars in ensuring a perfect defense system.
However, few hours from the address, the President took to his Twitter handle and wrote: “Thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer, and every member of the U.S. Military at home and abroad. #USA”.

Above all, the President on this occasion appeared cool, calm and subtle while confidently presenting his speech.

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