Neocons Love Trump's New Afghanistan Plan, Blackwater Calls It "Obama-Lite"

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In an extended tweetstorm conccurrent with Trump's Monday night Afghanistan address, Ron Paul lashed out at the president, saying that at long last, Trump's neo-con nature had emerged. "Steve Bannon brakes removed. Neocons feeling their oats" and urging the public to "Beware! @LindseyGrahamSC loves Trump's speech! Why are arch-neocons celebrating so much? Very telling!." It appears that Paul's assessment of Trump's new strategy was not far off, because as the Hill reports today, the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party applauded President Trump’s troop surge in Afghanistan, even as members of the president’s base accused him of capitulating to the national security establishment.

Some of the loudest accolades came from foreign policy hawks in the Senate, including two of Trump’s fiercest GOP critics, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, who praised Trump for going against his “instinct” and delegating the decision to his generals, who convinced him that victory could be had in the 16-year war that has spanned three administrations.

“I’m proud. I’m relieved,” Graham said on Fox News after Trump’s Monday night address. “I’m proud of the fact that President Trump made a national security decision, not a political decision. I’m proud of the fact that he listened to the generals, and I’m most proud of the fact that he showed the will to stand up to radical Islam. I’m relieved he did not take the advice to withdraw, which would have been disastrous, or create a mercenary army, so I’m very pleased. Very thoughtful, very inspiring speech, and I can assure you a lot of people in Congress will be behind the president.”

McCain echoed Graham, saying Trump was moving beyond former President Obama’s “failed strategy of merely postponing defeat,” although it was not exactly clear how since Trump was doing precisely what Obama (and Hillary Clinton did and would have one), adding that it was “especially important” that Trump did not commit to a timeline for withdrawal.

Marco Rubio, another proponent of foreign US intervention and a "muscular" foreign policy, called Trump’s strategy “the right approach.”

Support also came from prominent neoconservative writers and thinkers who had long been worried that Trump, who ran on an “America First” platform, would take a more isolationist approach to foreign policy. John Podhoretz, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and the editor of the conservative magazine Commentary, reacted to the speech by saying it’s almost as if Bush’s former deputy secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz, has been put in charge.

"President Trump’s decision to recommit to Afghanistan was right and important,” wrote American Enterprise Institute scholar Fred Kagan, another proponent of neoconservatism.

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, a key voice behind every single recent US war and intervention, a “Never Trump” Republican and another "uber" neocon, reveled in the fact that Trump’s generals appeared to have won the power struggle over his nationalist advisers, like former chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

Meanwhile Breitbart, where former Trump advisor Steve Bannon return to after last week's latest White House staff fireworks, ran a story on Tuesday saying that “Trump’s 'America First' base” is unhappy with the president’s “flip-flop Afghanistan speech,” along with a host of stories highlighting GOP establishment support for Trump’s new strategy.

“President Trump’s ‘America First’ base was the biggest loser of Trump’s speech on Afghanistan Monday night, and many quickly expressed their disappointment at the business-as-usual address from the president who had once promised to limit American intervention abroad and focus on nation-building at home,” Breitbart reporter Adam Shaw wrote.

Predictably Ron Paul's son, senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a prominent non-interventionist whose views on foreign policy are derided by the conservative foreign policy establishment, bemoaned the costs to the military and taxpayers for the continuing war: “I strongly disagree with the president’s actions here. If the president and my colleagues want to continue the war in Afghanistan, then at the very least Congress should vote on it. I’ll insist they do it this fall, and I’ll be leading the charge for 'no.' "

Finally, Laura Ingraham, a pro-Trump, anti-establishment conservative radio personality, tweeted:

Not surprisingly, the harshest criticism for Trump's new foreign policy came from the founder of private military company Blackwater, who ripped Trump’s new Afghanistan war plan as an “Obama-lite policy.”

Erik Prince who for obvious reason has encouraged administration officials to use contractors instead of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, called Trump’s plan “a continuation of the same limited or failed strategy of the last 16 years.... This is a kind of Obama-lite policy,” Prince told The Hill, referring to President Obama’s 30,000 troop surge in 2009 in Afghanistan. The increase brought the total number of troops in the country to more than 100,000 in 2011 before a rapid drawdown.

“This is a lighter but almost as expensive version. Remember, the Pentagon now is spending as much as when they had five times as many troops in the country. It’s horrendous how they’ve lost control of the spending. That’s what makes this so unsustainable,” Prince added.

“He said it’s not a blank check, but the Pentagon continues to stand and plan and operationalize as if it is a blank check,” Prince said. “That’s the fundamental problem the plan now doesn’t address: How does this end. The Pentagon wants to position this like a forever occupation like South Korea. And I think that’s a horrendous and untenable position.

Surprisingly, Prince was doubtful that the president and Defense Secretary James Mattis are fully behind the strategy: “I don’t think the president loves this plan, I don’t think Secretary Mattis does either. He’s not even on the same continent,” Prince said, referring to Mattis’s current trip to the Middle East and Europe.

So if neither Trump, nor his chief military advisor "loved" the plan - and yet every prominent neo-con did - one wonders, just where did this plan come from?

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Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Until WE'RE ALL "DEAD"!...

Chew on that for awhile and let it sink in real good!!!

Mr Pink's picture

I'm afraid that someone informed Trump that USA Corp couldn't afford to lose the 500 billion dollars per year in drug money

vato poco's picture

if graham likes it; if mccain likes it; if rubio likes it; if that jackoff kristol likes it ....

it's a bad idea

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I keep thinking a giant meteor is going to crash into the earth any second now. 

tmosley's picture

Wonder if they'll still love him after he has burned the last of their poppy fields?

Playing to WIN, not perpetuating a conflict to benefit the CIA, mind.

HowdyDoody's picture

Real Men Go To Tehran.

Come on, Chump, just this one little thing for Israel and we'll leave in peace. Honest.

Your NeoCon BFFs.

peddling-fiction's picture

<crossing (((his))) fingers, behind his back>

moimeme's picture

W Bush: "Dad, what's a neocon?"
HW Bush: "You want names or description?"
W: "Description."
HW: "Israel."

strannick's picture

What kind of constituency elect a control-file(d) weirdo like Graham, who votes for every MIC Globalist initiative? I loved watching Tucker destroy Grahams anemic effete, deeply dimpled ass.

Now US Soldiers get to die, killing foreigners, to protect the Bush Crime Family Opium monopoly. Drop incendiary flash bombs on the poppy fields, ignite it like a naplamed rice paddy, and let the world leave Afghanistan to the AK47toting, mountain goat farming beard faces, once and for all.


DWD-MOVIE's picture

I’m making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do…

veritas semper vinces's picture

Yes/ But he's doing it. You don't understand,the Afghanistan thing is part of Real Men Go To Tehran. It is the aperitif.

The countries share a uuuge border.

Iran has to be attacked from both sides.

And then,there's Russia .It doesn't hurt to radicalize the "Kistans" there,maybe they'll spill into Russia.

And then there is that pesky little problem the Empire has with OBOR.

The See Eye Ayy/Pentagram did not transfer ISIS in Afghanistan from Syria/Ieaq for nothing. Investing in the future!

HowdyDoody's picture

Please do not insult me by saying I do not understand. I am fully aware that there is an opportunity for the US to redeploy some of its surviving takfiris to Afghanistan so they can go into the northern 'stans to attack Russia's underbelly. Russia has learnt from the situation in Syria and created fast mobile military units using 'technicals' to cater for this possibility.



Normalcy Bias's picture

Wow, you've really drunk the Kool-Aid, haven't you? If he gave the order to burn the poppy fields he'd likely get smoked along with some of his family members, and he knows it.

Trump is playing 47th Jedi-level 4th Dimensional Chess. Yeah, right.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Someone here posted this yesterday.

By the end of 2019 you'll have 18-year-olds fighting in this war who weren't even born when it began. 

The greatest military the world has ever known can't defeat a bunch of men that wear dresses, climb mountains in sandals and fuck goats. 

Normalcy Bias's picture

CIA trains and arms them, then the US Military has to to hunt them down and kill them.

It's an ATM Machine that NEVER stops spitting out $100 bills.

Don't you know those troglodytes in Afghanistan with AK's and RPG's are a threat to America's National security?

They're a much higher priority than fixing our sickenly broken and corrupt healthcare and taxation systems!

Yukon Cornholius's picture

I'd rather spend time with the troglodytes in central Asia than the denizens of South Chicago or East LA.

Normalcy Bias's picture

You may have a point, but you'd probably end up just as dead either way.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


The greatest military the world has ever known can't defeat a bunch of men that wear dresses, climb mountains in sandals...

Be careful prejudging the sandal-wearing mountain-climbing men, like yours truly, and mrs_h wears a dress and sandals, and I would pick her in a fight over most of the US military.

HardAssets's picture

If they were 'The greatest military the world has ever known' they wouldn't fight unwinnable wars that do not benefit their nation (actually weaken the nation by costing trillions of dollars & thousands of lives)

cheeseheader's picture

Er, HH, usually can go along with most of your posts, but you just jumped the shark.


Umm, men wearing sandals does not compute to most regular, common-sensical, logical American MEN.  Let the women wear the sandals; and if climbing mountains with them, then please accept an invitation to some mountain climbing with this over-the-hill mountain climber.  You may stay at home.

Dresses (on her) however, are all right with me....

hedgeless_horseman's picture


The beautiful mrs_horseman and I have been running and backpacking in our huaraches for more than five years.  We were over 40 when we started.  We cannot imagine, now, filling the arches of our feet with Chinese foam, binding them up in a pair of $150 man-made containment apparati, and blinding our perfectly programmed lower brain to the terrain.

HowdyDoody's picture

The guy clearly hasn't heard of the Houthis who wear dishdasha (a 'dress'), sports jackets, and sandals and are kicking Saudi ass in spite of having no air support, and no arms other than what they can carry on their back.

dogismycopilot's picture

Next year you will have kids fighting who can say, "Hey, my dad fought in this war too!"

Does anyone really think an 18 year old millenial can go toe-to-toe with a battle hardened Taliban?

The Taliban gets to say, "I fought for 18 years AND my dad AND my grandfather fought here."

What a complete cluster fuck. Trump should have turned this over to Prince and washed his hands of it.

turnoffthewater's picture

"The greatest military the world has ever known can't defeat a bunch of men that wear dresses, climb mountains in sandals and fuck goats."

I would add, pilot a naval vessel, to the list

tmosley's picture

You have the wrong frame on things. Like the rest of the peanut gallery.

It's why you guys are ALWAYS wrong.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Hey pal, it's time to grow up. The Deep State won, it's O V E R.

BTW, there's no Santa Claus, either.

Paul Kersey's picture

Only eight months in, and Trump is already running out of campaign promises to renege on.

HardAssets's picture

Somedays I think that would be an improvement

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Thats probably the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  They sure as hell aren't going to overrun us with their nuclear program are they.

Archibald Buttle's picture

i for one, am certain that once the USA corp finally gets out of receivership, each and every patriotic american will put their nose to the grindstone so "we" can get on with paying that $20T+ back to the banksters. 

half sarcasm and half apprehention about the future. interesting times and all that.

WhackoWarner's picture

They have neutered the POTUS.  USA is now openly run by Goldman and MIC.  Speech last night was scripted and teleprompted.  Trump is now an ego-puppet and totally controlled.

Live with it.  USA is now officially dead and buried.


Killtruck's picture

Lindsey Graham...What a faggot.

Normalcy Bias's picture

If this little fruit warmonger is so in favor of more war, why doesn't he have some Prada Camo's and Boots made, and then go and join the troops on the front lines?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"I’m proud. I’m relieved," Graham said on Fox News after Trump’s Monday night address. "

What a child molester without a conscience that also commits mass murder as a "hobby" and would rather keep doing it then be exposed as a pedophile by his Nazi-Zionist Masters!

But I digress...

What does it say about the rest of us that keep paying for his salary that must be "good" with it?.... Otherwise he would have been disemboweled 14 years ago for what he did "THEN"!!!

nmewn's picture

No doubt.

He should escounce himself in a Pashtun village for a year or so and see how the other half lives. They really don't give a fuck about his ideas of "democracy" or "law".

It would be enlightening to him ;-)

Chupacabra-322's picture

This Faggot & his empty Threats are beginning to weigh on Americans.

Lindsey you had better begin watching your six.

And, I'm not talking about the big fat cock you like up your ass from your six either.

Tick tock MotherFuckers.......

VladLenin's picture

I'll take a merc over a neocon any day of the week. 

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"“I’m proud. I’m relieved,” Graham said on Fox News after Trump’s Monday night address. “I’m proud of the fact that President Trump made a national security decision, not a political decision"

Sure, because we should be very very afraid of Afghanistans Navy, Air Force, Army, and nuclear weapons.  They could kill us ALL TOMORROW!!!


What are they going to do, send a 14' rowboat over with a leaky gas can and light it on fire near Los Angelas???

Bay of Pigs's picture

It's fucking madness.

Meanwhile, espionage, sedition and treason are okay in the USA. Just ask Wasserman Schultz about it.

CRM114's picture

I think you misread the Order of Battle of the Afghanistan Navy. That's a 14" tugboat, called "Captain Tugger", not a 14' rowboat. It is currently stationed in Hamzi Khazi's 4 year old son's bathtub.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

The spice must flow.  He who controls the spice, controls the world. Word.

Iskiab's picture

What a joke, wolfowitz is the guy who promoted running up a huge debt because he believed if the country is bankrupt it won't be able to afford new social policies.

So they're going back into Afghanistan but doing nothing about Saudi Arabia? The plan must be to let Saudi Arabia keep funding terrorism, and create as many terrorists as possible by continuing to meddle in the Middle East in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan to keep the war machine funded indefinitely. There aren't enough people pissed off so they need to try harder.

c2nnib2l's picture

orange is the new black, finally make sense 

AtATrESICI's picture

You are so fucking stupid the gov has been rotten long before trump. It is a one party system that keeps fucksticks like you thinking you have real choices. You are living in a system where the bullshit PR keeps you from being able to identify that you are a chattel slave.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Trump is in charge now so he owns it all- if he had a nutsack to speak of he could tell everyone to get fucked as he is C-in-C of the military 

AtATrESICI's picture

Not really sure who is in charge, the US military does the bidding of the banks. So it is the bank...

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the Bank for International Settlements and to the monetary pursuit for which it stands, one bank, indivisible, with liberal financial policy for all member banks."

Long live the bank...

Archibald Buttle's picture

i think you may have missed his point...

AtATrESICI's picture

I would not doubt I missed the point.