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Keane: Trump First President in 16 Years 'Serious About Winning'

Keane: Trump First President in 16 Years 'Serious About Winning'
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By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 01:46 PM

Retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane said he "applauded" President Donald Trump's speech and vision for Afghanistan, adding that he's the first president in 16 years "serious about winning" in the war-torn country.

In a Q&A with The Cypher Brief, Keane highlighted the three major ways Trump's strategy "clearly committed the political and moral will of the United States to succeed in Afghanistan."

  1. No artificial timetables.
  2. "We are not going to nation build. We're there to kill terrorists."
  3. "Regional allies have a large role to play," especially Pakistan.

"Pakistan has certainly gamed us for 16 years," Keane told the Cypher Brief. "They have never believed that we're serious about winning, and I would have to agree with them. We never put a team on the field that was committed to winning. … President [Barack] Obama had no will to win. He was too concerned with having our troops exit concurrent with the end of his administration."

The former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army eviscerated Obama for his mishandling and eight years of ineptitude overseeing the United States' strategy in Afghanistan.

"Obama doomed us when, while escalating the war with the Afghan surge, he said in the same announcement that we would pull out in 18 months. This made the Taliban realize all they had to do was stay away from us for 18 months, and they'd be able to resurrect their activities, which is exactly what happened. It was foolishness, to the height of irresponsibility."

And he praised Trump for giving back to ground command the tactical freedom to determine the rules of engagement instead of lawyers in Obama's administration.

"It takes too long for us to get permission to shoot at the target," Keane told the Cypher Brief. "The Taliban senses what's going on and simply drives next to a building. We're not going to hit the building because there could be people in those buildings. They know our rules of engagement. We've had our pilots almost run out of gas flying in circles, waiting for permission."

Keane knew we'd still be fighting this war until Obama termed out.

"I knew we had a protracted war on our hands that was not winnable and that it was likely that President Obama was just passing the eventual accountability for this war to his successor," Keane told the Cypher Brief.

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