September 4th, 2017

Why the U.S. ‘war machine’ is driving troops into Afghanistan: Jeffrey Sachs

As the war in Afghanistan rages on and the Taliban appears to — once again — be gaining strength, U.S. President Donald Trump has committed more troops to “defeat the enemy.”

America’s new Afghanistan policy is expected Sept. 6, when Defence Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before Congress, but Trump already outlined in August that one of his key pillars in the U.S. strategy is to leave the generals in charge.

“Micromanagement from Washington, D.C., does not win battles,” Trump has said, leaving matters to the “expertise of wartime commanders and front-line soldiers acting in real time with real authority.”

‘We’ve learned in our history in the United States that it’s the wise presidents who are able to say ‘no’ to the military.’- Jeffrey Sachs 

Trump calls his strategy “a clear mission,” but professor Jeffrey Sachs argues there is no strategy at all.

Read more in The Current.

 

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