There was spate of talk on social media — as early as Sunday, in fact — that President Donald Trump would announce the deployment of 4,000 additional troops in Afghanistan during a prime-time address Monday evening.
President Trump’s plan expected to include sending as many as 4,000 more troops https :// t.co/ BFxW0MNEkr
— Wall street Journal (@ WSJ) August 21, 2017
US to transmit 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan: Reports pic.twitter.com/ dAX0rbdgCn
-- Rehmat Mehsud (@ RehmatMehsuds) August 21, 2017
4,000 more troops won't finish the crusade in #Afghanistan Best subject scenario: they stop Taliban momentum and buy day for a brand-new strategy
-- Buck Sexton (@ BuckSexton) August 21, 2017
When Obama put in 30,000 troops, that was 25% less than McChrystal recommended. Is 4,000 supposed to accomplish win?
-- Ben Shapiro (@ benshapiro) August 21, 2017
What I'm listening for tonight: A persuasive rationalization about what gap 4,000 US troops can make in such a immense, complicated home
-- John T. Bennett (@ BennettJohnT) August 21, 2017
-- Tucker Carlson (@ TuckerCarlson) August 22, 2017
However, that multitude wasn't mentioned by the president during his address. In fact, he announced a strategy that seemed to be an unspoken chide to his predecessor: the U.S. won't be announcing things like onslaught programmes or schedules for evacuation.
Pres. Trump says he will not talk a blueprint for number of troops: "Conditions on the dirt , not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy." pic.twitter.com/ HIkBJODi2u
-- ABC News Politics (@ ABCPolitics) August 22, 2017
Trump tells Afghan strategy will "change dramatically, " tells U.S. will not announce runnings in advance and will not liberate troop multitudes
-- BNO News (@ BNONews) August 22, 2017
Trump: "Conditions on the dirt , not arbitrary timetables" will guide strategy. He says they won't announce troop numerals.
-- Ted Johnson (@ tedstew) August 22, 2017
POTUS: We're rid ourselves of timelines are will not talking here numbers of troops, preconditions will matter , not time tables
-- Katie Pavlich (@ KatiePavlich) August 22, 2017