Political Notes — Trump flip-flops on Afghanistan, Ga. congressmen flip-flop right along with him

[private]In one of the biggest flip-flops of his young administration, President Donald Trump announced Monday night that U.S. military forces will not only stay in Afghanistan, they will be augmented by several thousand more troops.

“America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress,” Trump said in a televised speech. “However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check.”

Trump’s move is a 180-degree reversal from the past several years, when he constantly denounced President Barack Obama’s Afghan policy and demanded that U.S. troops be withdrawn from the country.

Here are a few of Trump’s past tweets on the issue:

We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!

84% of US troops wounded & 70% of our brave men & women killed in Afghanistan have all come under Obama. Time to get out of there.

Now Obama is keeping our soldiers in Afghanistan for at least another year. He is losing two wars simultaneously.

When will we stop wasting our money on rebuilding Afghanistan? We must rebuild our country first.

Karzai of Afghanistan is not sticking with our signed agreement. They are dropping us like dopes. Get out now and re-build U.S.!

Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024-with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!

But now, Trump appears to be taking the same path taken by “very stupid leaders” like Obama and George W. Bush.

Georgia’s Republican congressmen are stepping right along with Trump on this major policy reversal.

“I support a strategy in Afghanistan that protects our homeland and prevents Afghanistan from once again becoming a haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the United States,” Sen. Johnny Isakson said. “The president tonight outlined a tough and thoughtful strategy following the guidance of General Mattis and our military leaders.”

“Tonight, Americans, our troops, and our allies heard directly from President Trump that the United States of America refuses to let Afghanistan become a safe haven for radical Islamic terrorists to mount global attacks,” Sen. David Perdue said, lending his support to a strategy that he criticized when Obama was the one implementing it.

“As an Iraq veteran, I welcome renewed American resolve to defeat terrorism and its enablers so that the world and every person in it enjoys more peace tomorrow than they knew yesterday,” U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said.

“General Mattis and our military leaders are capable of employing a wise and effective plan to this end, and we must ensure that our service members have the support they need to snuff out terrorism and protect American lives,” Collins added.

 Atlanta forms ‘Confederate’ commission

The City of Atlanta has created a seven-member advisory committee that will recommend what the city should do about streets and statues that honor the Confederate States of America.

The initiative was prompted by the controversy over the city’s Confederate Avenue.

 Under a resolution adopted by the City Council, Mayor Kasim Reed will name four members to the committee and the Council will have three appointments.

Deal appoints Augusta judge

Gov. Nathan Deal will appoint attorney Robert “Bo” Hunter III as a Richmond County State Court judge, replacing retired judge Richard Slaby.

Hunter has a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and earlier served two terms as the Richmond County State Court solicitor.

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