Monday, June 19, 2017

TRUMP AGENDA - Afghanistan, More U.S.  Troops

"Can more U.S. troops in Afghanistan help end the war?" PBS NewsHour 6/14/2017


SUMMARY:  As part of the Trump administration's review of America's 16-year war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that the President has given him the authority to decide appropriate troop levels.  The U.S. commander in that country has recommended boosting the number by thousands more.  William Brangham speaks with retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO.

"Petraeus: We went to Afghanistan for a reason, and we need to stay" PBS NewsHour 6/16/2017


SUMMARY:  The Trump administration is reportedly considering sending 4,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in light of a deteriorating security situation.  Retired Gen. David Petraeus joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the need for a long-term U.S. military commitment in that country, civilian casualties in the coalition fight against the Islamic State, the American policy on the crisis facing Qatar, and more.

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