At Fort Myer in Arlington Va., during a Presidential Address to the Nation, U.S President Donald Trump declares his strategy on Afghanistan war and South Asia on Monday 21, 2017.
“One way or another, these problems will be solved.” – Donal Trump
President Trump started his speech by paying accolades to the service members of American military, “Since the founding of our republic, our country has produced a special class of heroes whose selflessness, courage and resolve is unmatched in human history. American patriots from every generation have given their last breath on the battlefield for our nation and for our freedom.
Through their lives, and though their lives were cut short, in their deeds they achieved total immortality. By following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify, to heal, and to remain one nation, under God.”
Trump continued his speech as a reminder of war against terrorism inside of the United States, “The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other.”
Linking back toward 9/11, Trump asserted, “Nearly 16 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory.”
“I share the American people’s frustration. I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money — and most importantly, lives.” – expressed the U.S President.
President Trump said, “My original instinct was to pull out. And historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when when you’re president of the United States.”
1. “First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win.
2. Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists.
A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists, including ISIS and Al Qaeda, would instantly fill just as happened before Sept. 11. And as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for and bled to liberate, and won, were occupied by a terrorist group called ISIS. The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit and launch attacks. We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.
3. Third, and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world.
President Trump talked about his concerns and insecurities on Indo-Pak conflict and its effects in the context of ‘war and terror’ situation,
“For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.”
Trump opened up his get-up-and-go like plan, “When I became president, I was given a bad and very complex hand. But I fully knew what I was getting into, big and intricate problems.
But one way or another, these problems will be solved. I’m a “problem solver”. And in the end, “we will win.”
Then, Trump gave his clear words on boarder restrictions against Afghanistan, Pakistan as “Working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, and keep them from crossing our borders and, yes, we will defeat them, and we will defeat them handily. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s interests are clear. We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America.
Regarding the nuclear policy, Trump said, “And we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world, for that matter.”
American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways:
• “A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.
We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.”
• “The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan.
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 collaborating with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies. The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices.
But Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. 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.”
• “Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India.
We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.”
“Retribution will be fast and powerful, as we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the field. We’re already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat ISIS, including the liberation of Mosul in Iraq.
We will also maximize sanctions and other financial and law enforcement actions against these networks to eliminate their ability to export terror.
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.”
Once again, Trump asserted, “Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition. Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.”
“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.
America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress. The government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political, and economic burden.”
Trump concluded his speech with one of these lines, “In every generation, we have faced down evil, and we have always prevailed. We prevailed because we know who we are and what we are fighting for.”
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