This happens every time Trump even hints at wanting to pull our troops out of anywhere. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
On Wednesday of this week President Trump tweeted a promise to bring American troops home from Afghanistan, the country’s longest running war now at 19-years, by Christmas.
The statement which no doubt is also related to the November election lead-up and possible looming foreign policy debate (which may or may not actually happen) took many defense officials by surprise.
But further, it now appears there’s a coordinated effort to stymie such withdrawal plans before they ever get off the ground, with anonymous officials immediately telling the major networks that they disapprove.
Here are the usual “anonymous officials” slamming Trump’s statements to Fox News on Thursday:
U.S. officials told Fox News that the sudden pronouncement, which appeared timed to help Trump in the presidential election, will make it harder for his negotiators and the Afghan government, who are currently in tough talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.
Several officials close to the negotiations said the declaration may have even jeopardized the delicate talks. Counterterrorism officials said this may lead to a victory for the Taliban, and the collapse of the Afghan government and a “major shot of adrenalin” to the global jihadist movement.