Afghanistan has said the United States should clarify comments by President Donald Trump

Oh boy.  I don’t know that Trump is interested in clarifying the comments, but I’m as good a representative for the “United States” as anyone, so I’ll take a crack.  What were President Trump’s comments?

“I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone,” Trump told reporters. “It would be over in – literally, in 10 days. And I don’t want to do, I don’t want to go that route.”

This was met by the typical chest thumping on the part of some representatives of Afghanistan.  The familiar “Graveyard of Empires” shtick.

We do have a clarification of sorts from Trump…

At one point in his Oval Office remarks, Trump referred to dropping America’s largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan in 2017, and said that dropping more of them would be the “easy solution” to ending the conflict there.

Not the mention the nuclear ones, which… see, the development of the A Bomb during World War Two has created a new calculus which would blow away the whole “Graveyard of Empires”, though with repercussions of old paranoid 50s era science fiction.

Citizen Trump once tweeted the question for the Obama Administration — why are we still having troops out there fighting in Afghanistan?  He’s finally getting around to this as president, though predictably giving it his Biff Tannen spin.


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