Senator Rand Paul is sticking up for Donald Trump in his latest negotiations with the Taliban.
On Twitter, Paul commented “Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize and subsequently sent 100,000 US troops to ramp up war in Afghanistan. If @realDonaldTrump ends the war, the Nobel Committee should retrieve Obama’s peace prize and give it to Trump!”
Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize and subsequently sent 100,000 US troops to ramp up war in Afghanistan. If @realDonaldTrump ends the war, the Nobel Committee should retrieve Obama’s peace prize and give it to Trump! https://t.co/9B3ttXT8QO
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 16, 2019
During Friday, August 16, 2019 President Trump was in attendance with various Cabinet officials and national security advisers for a briefing by Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief U.S. envoy for the negotiation talks. This meeting was held at Trump’s New Jersey golf resort.
The attendees included Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph F. Dunford Jr., CIA Director Gina Haspel and White House national security adviser John Bolton.
The initial withdrawal proposal involved 5,000 of the 14,000 troops being pulled out of the country.
Withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has been a major part of Trump’s America First agenda. However, he has met numerous obstacles from establishment neoconservatives who want to perpetuate the never-ending wars of previous administrations.
Thankfully, it seems that Trump is starting to have his way. After all, he is the Commander-in-Chief, which gives him the authority to withdraw troops as he pleases.
Senator Paul is correct about Trump potentially receiving a Nobel prize if he pulls all troops out of Afghanistan. As the longest-lasting war in American history, the Afghan conflict has been a quagmire so far as the U.S. has dropped over a $1 trillion for its military efforts in the country.
It’s about time that America pull out of this unwinnable conflict.