DONALD Trump’s national security adviser is believed to have persuaded the president to keep troops in Afghanistan by showing him a picture of women in Kabul wearing miniskirts.
H.R. McMaster reportedly used the photograph, taken in 1972, to show the president how Afghanistan used to embrace Western culture.
According to the Washington Post, the adviser tried to show the president that Western culture could return to the middle eastern country if the president kept troops in the area.
Miniskirts were replaced by full-body burqas in the mid-1990s, when the Taliban took over Afghanistan and banned Western clothing.
The Taliban now control only parts of the country, but many Afghan women still choose to wear traditional burqas because it makes them feel safer from reprisals for walking around in Western garb.
On Monday night, Trump declared, “We will fight to win” and acknowledged he has changed his mind about the 16-year-old war.
He previously supported pulling out of the war-torn country, tweeting in 2013: “We should have a speedy withdrawal. Why should we keep wasting our money – rebuild the US!”
He said: “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.”
Officials said Tuesday that Trump’s plan would add 3,900 additional US forces to the 8,400 already there.
The first deployments could take place within days.
General Joseph Votel, who spent last weekend in Afghanistan said: “What’s most important for us now is to get some capabilities in to have an impact on the current fighting season.”
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
Most of the new forces will train and advise Afghan forces to improve their combat abilities, or provide security for American adviser teams in the field, Votel said.
US counter terror forces will make up a smaller portion, as will other support forces and medical personnel.
About 460 of the total troops will help train more Afghan special commandos in more locations, said US Maj. Gen. James Linder, commander of US and NATO special operations forces in Afghanistan.