President Donald Trump will discuss the "path forward" in Afghanistan in a speech Monday night, the White House said Sunday. The speech comes after a lengthy strategy review in which White House and Pentagon officials mulled a more aggressive role for the American military in Afghanistan. As a private citizen, Trump advocated for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. As president, he declared that he wanted “to start winning” there — and during a meeting last month he reportedly repeatedly suggested that top military officials should fire the four-star general who commands U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “We aren't winning," Trump said, according to senior administration officials. "We are losing."
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.