Trump just watches TV and tweets huh..

By: Old Hickory Trojan

well in 10 short months his team has done what neither Bush or Obama could do in 15 years...

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, briefed Pentagon reporters via satellite on Afghanistan operations.

 The general’s message was an upbeat assessment of the war effort, as Nicholson expressed that President Donald J. Trump’s strategy is a “game changer ” that has put Afghan government forces “on a path to a win.” “That’s why I express confidence that we are on our way to win,” he said.

 Nicholson called the Trump policy “really fundamentally different.”

Nicholson, who is also the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission, cited a number of reasons for his optimism after 16 years of fighting. According to the Washington Examiner, they include:

  • the end of any set withdrawal date
  • the unleashing of American airpower
  • the increasing capabilities of the Afghan military
  • the decreasing popularity of the Taliban

Under the Trump administration, Nicholson has new authorities, including the ability to triple the number of bombs dropped on Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State targets. According to figures released by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, 3,554 were dropped between January and October this year, compared to 1,337 in all of 2016Nicholson has been able to target heroin traffic from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s primary source of funding. According to Nicholson, a recent three-day air and ground campaign “removed between $7 million and $10 million of revenue from the Taliban’s pocketbook.”

“These strikes were just the first step in attacking the Taliban’s financial engine, and they will continue,” Nicholson reported.

The U.S. approach in Afghanistan combines U.S. airpower, logistics, and intelligence with ground forces. The same strategy worked against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The goal in Afghanistan is to demoralize the Taliban so that they reconcile in a peace process, and the United States is hopeful that the highly-trained Afghan special forces units will maintain the peace. “The Afghan commanders who make up that corps have never lost a battle against the Taliban and they never will. They are the most feared and respected force in Afghanistan today and they’re the best special operations force in the region,” said Nicholson, showing confidence in the 1,700 elite commandos and six new helicopter pilots the U.S. has trained.

Since the appointment of a new chief of general staff and defense minister by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in May, Nicholson says the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have been on the offensive.

“These new leaders led offensive operations, and many times throughout the year, we held offensive operations in all six corps areas. Absolutely new in the last three years, never happened before,” Nicholson said.

“These changes in leadership, strengthened and supported by the renewed international will and the U.S. policy announcement, have shifted the momentum in their favor.”

Nicholson said he believes the United States and its Afghan partners “have turned the corner” and that “the momentum is now with the Afghan Security Forces.”

“The Taliban cannot win in the face of the pressures that I outlined,” Nicholson said. “Their choices are to reconcile, live in irrelevance, or die.”



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