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Y'all blaming President Biden for the way Afghanistan is today but really you need to review what President Trump did there, like capitulating to Taliban demands to free Baladar in 2018, after 8yrs in custody.

An unmitigated fool. Blood on his hands.
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Trump has blood on his hands in so many different ways. Along with his henchmen, some of whom are more competent than him and need to be stopped before they succeed at picking up his mantle.

I agreed with many aspects of his foreign policy. But not on Afghanistan.
I literally chose my Twitter handle @FreedomFriesInc to reflect my belief in the #CollectiveSecurity doctrine of institutions like #NATO, #ASEAN, (& the late #ANZUS, killed by NZ in 1986.)

In 2003 France let us down. So we jokingly renamed french fries. It was an early "meme".
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(1) Secretary Mattis' resignation letter of December 20, 2018.

Source: an ABC reporter at the Pentagon. Hopefully this is the real letter.

Assuming it is, here are my thoughts on it:
(2) I love, love, love General James Mattis and always have, from the moment I first learned who he is. That will never change.

I have two possible explanations for why he chose to mention "respect for allies" & being harder on adversaries in this letter.
(3) Two MAIN possible explanations. Sure, there will be others.

It could be 4D chess kabuki theater, he's certainly capable of it.

Or, it could be his genuine feelings and desire to distance himself from some of Trump's actions. Sad.
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(1) Unsurprisingly, pro-Pakistan folks are spinning all kinds of lies about Afghanistan, India, China & Russia in an attempt to threaten & control President Trump & the USA. So it's a good time to revisit his historic 8/21/17 #SouthAsiaStrategy speech. whitehouse.gov/briefings-statโ€ฆ
(2) Please bookmark the above tweet so you can refer back to this thread later. I'll be back soon to complete it (need coffee).

Here's how POTUS started talking in his speech about the war in Afghanistan.
(3) In a decision that flushed out the faction of Trump voters who are selectively dogmatic and unwilling to consider the "realism" part of #PrincipledRealism, POTUS owned his change of mind on Afghanistan. Obama never admitted taking a stance that differed from his campaigns.
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