Trump won’t tell Americans how many troops he is risking

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“In his speech unveiling his plan for Afghanistan, Trump declared, ‘We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on.’ As John M. Donnelly observed, ‘In framing the issue this way, Trump conflated three things that are distinctly different: disclosing military plans; announcing deadlines for withdrawal; and informing Americans how many of their family members will be sent into harm’s way.’ The public deserves to know how many Americans will be sent into harm’s way. Troop deployments should always be part of ongoing debate in a representative democracy.” (08/29/17)