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Why did Trump endorse old Soviet talking points on Afghanistan?

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Trump spouting old Soviet propagandaDonald Trump’s position on the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan has grown increasingly muddled in recent weeks. For example, NBC News reported two weeks ago that the White House has “ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.” Just nine days later, a spokesman for the National Security Council said largely the opposite.

What will the president’s policy be a week from now? Your guess is as good as mine.

But in case Trump’s perspective weren’t quite confusing enough, at a cabinet meeting yesterday, he decided to go on an extended riff on his understanding of Soviet foreign policy in Afghanistan in the late 1970s. From the transcript:

“Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan, Russia…. The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia, they were right to be there. The problem is it was a tough fight and literally they went bankrupt. They went into being called Russia again as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know a lot of these places you are reading about now are no longer a part of Russia because of Afghanistan.”

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