After putting his foot down and voting ‘no’ on TrumpCare, Senator John McCain has shown up once again for the American people where Trump doesn’t know how.
With news of Trump’s inability to take on serious decisions regarding Afghanistan, McCain has taken matters into his own hands. In a statement released on his website Thursday, stating that he would like to attach a policy amendment to the The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
America is adrift in Afghanistan. President Obama’s ‘don’t lose’ strategy has put us on a path to achieving the opposite result. Now, nearly seven months into President Trump’s administration, we’ve had no strategy at all as conditions on the ground have steadily worsened. The thousands of Americans putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan deserve better from their commander-in-chief.
Adopting a new strategy for achieving America’s national security interests in Afghanistan is a decision of the highest importance, one that should be subjected to rigorous scrutiny and debate within our government. But we must face facts: we are losing in Afghanistan and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide.
That is why, after consulting with some of our nation’s most experienced and respected former military and intelligence officials, I have filed an amendment to the defense authorization bill that outlines the strategy we need to achieve America’s national security interests in Afghanistan and the wider region.
The goal of this strategy is to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a sanctuary for terrorists to plot and conduct attacks against America, our allies, or our interests. To accomplish this goal, we need an integrated civil-military approach to bolster U.S. counterterrorism efforts, strengthen the capability and capacity of the Afghan government and security forces, and intensify diplomatic efforts to facilitate a negotiated peace process in Afghanistan in cooperation with regional partners.
America’s Armed Forces in harm’s way in Afghanistan deserve leadership from Washington worthy of their service and sacrifice. Adopting a clear policy and strategy in Afghanistan, backed with the authorities and resources necessary for success, would be a critical step toward restoring that kind of leadership, which has been absent for far too long.
While McCain did disagree with former President Barack Obama, he did acknowledge that he was a man with a plan. Trump, on the other hand, has no strategy. The Afghanistan crisis has left our troops abandoned under Trump’s leadership. Hopefully, McCain can get something done. In a time where Trump is doing NOTHING.
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