Trump Puts US Commander in Afghanistan in Crosshairs

Things got awry when the president said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war.

President Trump is frustrated with his national security advisers and even suggested firing the top general leading US efforts in Afghanistan for "losing" the war, according to a report.

The atmosphere of the meeting was hot as the president said Defense Minister James Matisse and President of the Council of Army Chiefs General Joseph Dunford had to consider dismissing Nicholson because the United States did not end the war.

Trump compared the situation to the renovation of 21 Club in 1987, when the elite restaurant closed its doors and hired an expensive consultant. After a year, Trump said, the consultant's only suggestion was that the restaurant needed a bigger kitchen.

According to officials, Trump inquired about the United States getting a piece of Afghan's mineral wealth and repeatedly said the top USA general there should be fired, NBC news said.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy told MSNBC that Trump isn't wrong in the sense that United States policy in Afghanistan has failed in as much as that its goal was to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban. According to NBC's sources, Trump "startled" military advisers including Defense Secretary James Mattis with an anecdote comparing their advice to that of a NY restaurant consultant who cost a business profits with lousy advice.

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Officials said Trump kept stressing the idea that lousy advice cost the owner a year of lost business and that talking to the restaurant's waiters instead might have yielded a better result.

But Trump was not happy with any of the options presented to him, and the military commanders' new authority to make tactical decisions isn't very useful if there's no larger strategy in place.

As the Pentagon mulls over extending the commander's time, the presidential argument was that Nicholson was not winning the war in Afghanistan, the news channel quoted unnamed officials as saying. Mattis also defended the general's abilities, but the meeting ended with no decision on his fate. In an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster claimed he "absolutely" has the confidence of the president. In response, the defense secretary said the USA was losing because the war in Afghanistan it did not have the required strategy.

Yeah, thanks official, I think we get it.

"If the president doesn't listen to the generals, like Gen. Nicholson and he goes down the road that President Obama went, Afghanistan is going to collapse", Graham added.

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