Home Page News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Hill Times Books Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Free Trial Reuse & Permissions Advertising
Log In
Politics

Trump should have followed instincts, brought the troops home

By Thomas Walkom      

The strategy of maintaining a war going badly and inherited didn't work for Nixon and almost certainly won't work for Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he was going against his instincts by ramping up the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan. Thomas Walkom says, in this particular case, Trump should have followed his instincts. Photograph by Gage Skidmore
Share a story
The story link will be added automatically.

TORONTO—As he committed America and its allies to years more of war in Afghanistan, Donald Trump made a stark confession last week. "My original instinct was to pull out," the U.S. president said in a televised speech. "And I historically like following my instincts." This time, however, he didn't. Too bad. The war in Afghanistan has gone on for 16 years. It could easily go on for 16 more. For all intents and purposes, it is unwinnable. His

This is an exclusive subscriber-only story by The Hill Times.
If you’d like to read the full article:

Subscribe Today

Already a Hill Times subscriber? Sign in here:

Check to see if you have corporate access:

Reuse and Permissions:

Unauthorized distribution, transmission, reuse or republication of any and all content is strictly prohibited. To discuss re-use of this material, please contact:

Chris Rivoire, Director of Reader Sales and Services
613-288-1146 | circulation@hilltimes.com

More in News

Extreme partisanship to blame for sustained spike in time allocation, ex-MPs say

‘The challenge is for people to actually act like grown-ups, work behind the scenes,’ says former Conservative House leader Jay Hill.

‘We’re in uncharted waters’: public personal attacks unprecedented in Canada-U.S. relationship, say ex-ambassadors to Washington, Ottawa

News|By Neil Moss
Several ex-U.S. envoys say the current ambassador, Kelly Craft, is in a tougher spot than they were, and at least one Canadian is emailing with her to provide support.

Canada’s approach to Trump administration in 2018 was ‘the right one,’ says Trudeau as summer break begins

News|By Jolson Lim
'One of things we’ve seen from the president is that he prides himself on a certain degree of unpredictability,' said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an end-of-sitting press conference today.

Canada seen to ‘dial back’ UN Security Council bid, say insiders, all ‘rhetoric,’ no action

While some say there's still time ahead of the 2020 vote, many question whether there's political will to get the job done.

Clerk’s comments ‘not providing leadership’ to change public service culture, say opposition MPs

News|By Emily Haws
Liberal MPs blame a Harper-era atmosphere in the bureaucracy as they back PCO Clerk Michael Wernick in his war of words with the federal auditor.

Unions swamped by Phoenix; hiring staff to keep afloat

News|By Emily Haws
‘It’s just been overwhelming,’ says CAPE leader Greg Phillips as government announces union partnership to find new pay system.

Ottawa’s efforts to restore relations with Tehran going ‘nowhere,’ says academic

News|By Beatrice Paez
Consular issues tend to 'occupy a lot of the bandwidth of relations,' making it hard for both parties to break new ground, says Thomas Juneau, a professor at the University of Ottawa.

House officers spent $18-million last year, first spending tallies reveal

In MP spending, Liberal Terry Sheehan was the most frugal, and caucus colleague Bob Nault spent the most.

Freeland says plan ‘underway’ to support workers threatened by U.S. tariffs, but tight-lipped on specifics

News
Conservative and NDP MPs called on Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland multiple times at committee to provide more details on what the government was planning to do to support steel and aluminum workers.