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What does Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy mean for American troops?

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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Americas military involvement in Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base on August 21, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Last night, President Trump addressed the nation on his new Afghanistan war strategy.

Trump, the third president to face the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, is likely to green light 3,900 additional troops. To date, there are about 8,400 U.S. soldiers there. While the details were fuzzy, the president pushed against the idea of a swift exit from the region. He also called for more unity within the U.S.--an apparent nod to the events in Charlottesville, Va. In anticipation of his announcement on Monday, some critics were quick to point out Trump’s back-and-forth position on the stalemate war. The Intercept compiled a chronological timeline of Trump’s tweets on Afghanistan.

Trump also discussed new pressures on Pakistan. Did you hear Trump’s speech? Call and share your thoughts. What did you think of Trump’s plan for Afghanistan? Should Americans have a reasonable expectation that the addition of thousands more troops will help stabilize Afghanistan, and stave off extremist groups?

Guests:

Phil Ewing, national security editor for NPR; he tweets @philewing

Hardin Lang, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress where his focus includes the Middle East, post-conflict stabilization and peacekeeping; he is a former senior fellow in the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Hal Kempfer, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and CEO of Knowledge and Intelligence Program Professionals (KIPP); he does terrorism and intelligence training; has worked in the intelligence community since 1987

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