White House eyes Afghanistan withdrawal
WHITE HOUSE EYES AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL, writes The Wall Street Journal: “President Donald Trump’s reservations about sending more troops to Afghanistan have triggered a new exploration of an option long considered unlikely: withdrawal.
“Unable to agree on a plan to send up to 3,900 more American forces to help turn back Taliban advances in Afghanistan, the White House is taking a new look at what would happen if the U.S. decided to scale back its military presence instead, according to current and former Trump administration officials.
“‘It’s a macro question as to whether the U.S., this administration, and this president are committed to staying,’ one senior administration official said. ‘It doesn’t work unless we are there for a long time, and if we don’t have the appetite to be there a long time, we should just leave. It’s an unanswered question.’”