Despite what the media has told you – experts say we’re losing in Afghanistan.
And Trump is unlikely to change that.
Unfortunately while the former president made a major effort to try and extricate us from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq he was dragged back in because he did not want to be the president who lost either one.
Obama was no doubt handicapped by ‘alternative facts’ that came in the form of rose-colored intelligence briefings that falsely led him to believe that the U.S. and its allies had ISIS in check.
Several days into the Trump administration it remains to be seen just how American policy in these two places will be changed to reflect Trump’s promise of ‘winning like never before’ or how accurate the intelligence is that he gets about the facts on the ground.
(We saw how they handled media reports on his inauguration.)
Real success and a satisfactory conclusion in both places has repeatedly eluded two presidents of opposing parties – the spending of trillions of taxpayer dollars – the loss of thousands of American lives and the infliction of untold misery on a long-suffering civilian population.
For years both theaters of combat have been hotspots for the circulation of American alternative facts – often embraced by mainstream media.
By the time the formal December 2011 Iraqi withdrawal was upon President Obama he had to resort to his own version of Bush’s 2003 ‘mission accomplished’ at Fort Bragg to mark the formal exit of the U.S. military from a half-finished conflict.