Read All of Donald Trump’s Old Tweets About How Wasteful The Afghanistan War Is

President Donald Trump on Monday addressed the nation and outlined an increase in the number of United States troops in Afghanistan, without specifying exactly how many thousands more would be sent to the country.

Although the “combat mission” officially ended in 2014, the United States has kept thousands of troops there ever since. Now, under the third president to oversee America’s longest war, a senior administration official said Monday that up to 4,000 more troops will be sent to Afghanistan.

The speech is an about-face for Trump on the issue of Afghanistan. Of the 31 times that he tweeted about the conflict, eight mentioned how wasteful the Afghanistan War was, and seven others called for an immediate withdrawal.

Indeed, then citizen-Trump’s first tweet on the subject in 2011 praised the foreign policy approach of libertarian Ron Paul, then a candidate for the GOP nomination. Paul has been well-known for his non-interventionist foreign policy around the world.

Here are just a few of Donald Trump’s old tweets about the Afghanistan War:

Ron Paul is right that we are wasting trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2011

When will we stop wasting our money on rebuilding Afghanistan? We must rebuild our country first.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2011

 

It is time to get out of Afghanistan. We are building roads and schools for people that hate us. It is not in our national interests.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2012

 

China is getting minerals from Afghanistan http://t.co/uNxQYQWi We are getting our troops killed by the Afghani govt’t. Time to get out.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 29, 2012

 

Afghanistan is a total disaster. We don’t know what we are doing. They are, in addition to everything else, robbing us blind.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2012

 

We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013

 

Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2012

 

Karzai of Afghanistan is not sticking with our signed agreement. They are dropping us like dopes. Get out now and re-build U.S.!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013

 

Our gov’t is so pathetic that some of the billions being wasted in Afghanistan are ending up with terrorists http://t.co/bso3k1pR7l

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2013

 

84% of US troops wounded & 70% of our brave men & women killed in Afghanistan have all come under Obama. Time to get out of there.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2012

 

I agree with Pres. Obama on Afghanistan. We should have a speedy withdrawal. Why should we keep wasting our money — rebuild the U.S.!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2013

 

Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2013

 

Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024-with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013

As you can see, over the past six years, Trump has been a persistent critic of the Afghanistan War. From 2011, and all the way through his presidential campaign, he’s been opposed to further engagement. Trump even made it six months into his presidency without calling it into question.

It now appears as if President Trump has decided to prolong America’s longest war indefinitely.

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  • Maybe it IS more complicated than we realize? Maybe the vacuum that will occur if we withdraw will be worse for Americans over the long term. I don’t want to believe that – but there must be reasons we are not being told.

  • Or maybe his plan to ease that burden is by transferring some cost to our Allies, or those countries. But hey, looking for reasons not to close the divide a good libertarian strategy at this point huh?

  • Sigh…

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