Trump’s flip flop on Afghanistan betrays his anti-interventionist constituency

Source: PanAm Post
by Ben Jackson

“During the uncharacteristically eloquent introduction of his speech last Monday night, Trump acknowledged that the policies he was about to outline would go against his campaign promises. ‘Historically I like following my instincts,’ he said. ‘But all my life I have heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.’ With politicians, it can be tricky to see past the diplomatic and duplicitous exterior and identify what they are actually trying to say. Trump is no exception to that rule, for all of his talk of being a fresh alternative to career politicians. It seems he was trying to say that he was more concerned with winning the election during the campaign, and not in showcasing his priorities or intentions. What his priorities and intentions truly are, I am sure I do not know.” (08/24/17)