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General News    H3'ed 8/14/16

Trump surrogate suggests President Obama started the war in Afghanistan

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Donald Trump Rep. Katrina Pierson Wrong About Afghanistan
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Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson suggested Saturday that President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton started the war in Afghanistan circa 2009. When Obama came into office, she said, "remember we weren't even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan creating another problem." Pierson's bare contention that Afghanistan is "Obama's war" is itself reasonable: Obama said during his 2008 campaign that Afghanistan, in contrast to Iraq, was "the right battlefield" and the fight that "has to be won." However, the war at that point was already seven years old, as it was of course started by President George W. Bush shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

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