Graham, McCain Applaud Trump's Afghan Speech: 'Big Step in Right Direction'

Chris Menahan
Aug. 22, 2017

This should tell you all you need to know about President McMaster's decision to send thousands of more troops to Afghanistan.

From Mediaite:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) offered President Trump high praise for his speech that declared further military action in Afghanistan.

Graham told Fox News’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum that he was “proud” and “relieved” that Trump made a national security decision and not a “political decision,” adding he was fully confident that Trump will have bipartisan support in Congress.

Baier had mentioned that Graham is usually a vocal critic of Trump, but tonight he was “very proud of [his] president.”
The GOP Senator went on to criticize President Obama for “micromanaging” his generals during the previous administration.

“General Obama was a lousy general,” he stated. “President Obama announced we were going in and coming out in the same speech. It was a disaster from the beginning.”

Graham continued by saying Trump was “trusting his military” and “giving them the authority” that Obama never gave them.
Graham, who has been wrong about everything, went on to attack Rand Paul for opposing the addition troops, insisting that Rand "has been wrong about everything."

John McCain similarly praised President McMaster's move:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has spent months bashing President Trump for delaying a new Afghanistan strategy, on Monday night praised him for “taking a big step in the right direction” after his address on the path forward.

“I commend President Trump for taking a big step in the right direction with the new strategy for Afghanistan,” the Senate Armed Services chairman said in a statement. “The unfortunate truth is that this strategy is long overdue, and in the interim, the Taliban have made dangerous inroads. Nevertheless, I believe the President is now moving us well beyond the prior administration's failed strategy of merely postponing defeat."
Rand Paul said of Trump's speech: "The mission in Afghanistan has lost its purpose, and I think it is a terrible idea to send any more troops into that war."

The media, of course, love the move:

Most of Trump's die-hard supporters are totally against it:

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