Trump Gives Full Authority to Secretary Mattis in Afghanistan

Jun 15, 2017

The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for almost seventeen years; the longest war in American history. In 2008 the war seemed to be on the verge of ending successfully and then Barack Obama was elected President. He took the fighting of the war away from American military commanders and troops and began to micromanage the war. His goal seemed to be to have the U.S. fight some type of “politically correct” war and according to many in the military snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Donald Trump is determined to reverse that trend and has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis full authority over troop deployments in Afghanistan with the directive to defeat the Taliban and win the war.