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Report: McMaster Used 1970 Photos to Help Influence Trump On Afghanistan Policy

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Report: McMaster Used 1970 Photos to Help Influence Trump On Afghanistan Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address to the nation from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

President Trump addressed the nation on Monday to reveal his new plan for the war in Afghanistan. By now it has been made clear that President Trump will issue an order to increase the troops in Afghanistan to help strengthen their police and military. However, most people haven’t heard how Trump’s senior advisers helped convince Trump, a long proponent of pulling out of the war, to make the final decision.

According to the Washington Post, H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser and a lieutenant general in the Army, showed President Trump a black and white picture from 1972. That picture revealed Afghan women walking in miniskirts through Kabul. It’s assumed that McMasters was playing into Trump’s personality and knew that the image would convince Trump that the Western freedom could come to Afghanistan.

Over the last few months, President Trump and his advisers went over several military solutions including emphasizing paid contractors. Despite McMaster wanting to send tens of thousands of soldiers, the White House decided to add roughly 4,000 to the already 8,400 currently deployed.

Trump stated the following during his address which explains his reason for changing opinions on adding troops instead of pulling out:

“My original instinct was to pull out, and, historically, I like following my instincts. But all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.”

Credit: Business Insider

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