Donald Trump bragged that he could easily just kill the whole country.
Donald Trump said on Friday that he could end the Afghanistan War "very quickly" by killing "tens of millions of people" in the 37-million-person country. But he said he did not want to pursue this route, as he thinks it is "unnecessary."
In October 2001, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. He said the effort was "designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime," but also promised that "the oppressed people of Afghanistan" would "know the generosity of America and our allies."
"As we strike military targets, we will also drop food, medicine and supplies to the starving and suffering men and women and children of Afghanistan," Bush said.
The cost of America's military efforts in Afghanistan since 2001 has been about $975 billion. About 2,400 Americans have died in the efforts. And while the Afghan population has not been liberated from terrorism, the country has taken some steps toward democratic government.
Weeks after Trump aborted a controversial plan to host Taliban leadership at Camp David around the anniversary of 9/11, the president suggested that he could end the war by just annihilating everybody.
"We've been very effective in Afghanistan, and if we wanted to do a certain method of war, we would win that very quickly, but many, many, really, tens of millions of people would be killed, and we think it’s unnecessary," he bragged.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.