President Donald Trump’s speech Monday on the path forward for the U.S. in Afghanistan received praise from military analysts and top Republican politicians for not abandoning the mission there and not setting military strategy through timetables.
Trump, who had spoken out against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan as a candidate, did not lay out specifics regarding troop increases or dates, saying his strategy would not be as constrained or telegraphed as prior administrations.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier said service members contacted him and said, “This is the speech that they wanted to hear. The power, the resolve, the pride, the courage, and the commitment to let them do their job.”
Retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata praised Trump’s appreciative comments toward military service members at the outset of his speech, and retired Gen. Jack Keane praised Trump for speaking “honestly” to the troops and the American people about his thinking.