President Trump’s speech on what he plans to do in Afghanistan reflected, more than anything else, his administration's lack of a concise plan, infers Susan B. Glasser of Politico. Big words and strong proclamations about ‘winning’ seemed to indicate a limited understanding of the country’s complex situation. The Afghanistan conflict is not about winning, it is about creating regional stability and strengthening the local government. This requires a highly detailed plan. Trump’s words offered nothing new. He claims to have a brand new strategy that will solve the country’s problems, but that simply doesn’t appear to be the case.
The U.S. president announced a more focused approach to Afghanistan that promises improvement where other leaders have failed, claims Luke Coffey of The Daily Signal. Directly tackling terrorism by helping the Afghan army and leaving behind nation-building is an approach that seeks more realistic and achievable targets. Importantly, Trump vowed to judge successes from the opinions of people involved in the process itself, not politicians. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s destabilizing actions in the regions shall be uncovered and scrutinized. This is an encouraging step forward from the Obama administration’s inadequate plan.