By Jared Woodfill,
President, Conservative Republicans of Texas
Last night President Trump made it clear that, unlike the Obama administration, American was going to lead from the front and not from behind. President Trump’s address to the nation demonstrated that he appreciates the he is not a general, but instead, a President who must rely on his generals and the men and women of our military who understand the intricacies of war. By deferring to his generals, and changing the rules of engagement in a manner that allow our brave men and women in the military to act instead of waiting for a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. to give the okay, President Trump laid out a strategy for defeating terrorism and those who would house terrorist. He described the new strategy clearly, stating, “We are not nation-building again…[w]e are killing terrorists.” President Trump further stated, “From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America.” President Trump made it clear that America would not retreat or surrender, that we were not in the business of nation building, but, instead, were out to kill terrorist and those who want to hurt us. In his well delivered speech, President Trump made it clear that he would be keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Unlike President Obama, President Trump made it clear he would not discuss the details of our strategy publicly, including troop withdrawals and battle plans. President Trump stated, “Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on.” He further reiterated that, “America’s enemies will never know our plans.”
The focus of President Trump’s speech was Afghanistan and Pakistan where the terrorist threat is the greatest due to the numerous terrorist groups found in these countries. He criticized Pakistan for housing terrorist while receiving billions of dollars in foreign aid from the United States. The President indicated that this will no longer be tolerated. For the first time, the President brought India into the mix, indicating that the largest Democracy in the world could be instrumental in fostering success in the war on terrorism being fought in Afghanistan.
Trump concluded his speech by confidently asserting that we will win in the end. The President made it clear we will not retreat or surrender from the terrorist and will not tolerate those who house them.
The Texas Legislature would be wise to commit the same resolve we saw demonstrated by President Trump-no retreat, no surrender!
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