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What Donald Trump said about Afghanistan before he was President - and what he's saying now Kerr feeling better, eyes full season of coaching (Yahoo Sports)

What Donald Trump said about Afghanistan before he was President - and what he's saying nowWhen Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday night, presenting his Afghanistan strategy, he admitted that it was likely to disappoint his supporters. Mr Trump has long championed withdrawing from Afghanistan, repeatedly attacking Barack Obama for the continued US presence in the region. Yet in a surprise move on Monday night, he claimed that a withdrawal of personnel would leave a power vacuum that to be filled by terrorists, as has happened in Iraq, and committed to more troops. In August 2010 US troop numbers peaked at 100,000, but Mr Obama, despite repeated efforts to withdraw, failed to completely exit the country. An Afghan boy watches as a US Marine scans the area during a patrol in Sangin, south of Kabul, Afghanistan He handed over to Mr Trump with 8,400 troops. “My original instinct was to pull out - and, historically, I like following my instincts,” he said.   “But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you're president of the United States.”   As ever with Mr Trump, his tweets came back to haunt him. 2011: 'I would get out of Afghanistan' In 2011 Mr Trump appeared on the show of his friend, Bill O'Reilly, on Fox News. "What I'm getting from you, though, is you would withdraw US troops out of Afghanistan?" asked O'Reilly. Mr Trump replied: "Yes, I would." O'Reilly asked whether they would mean the return of the Taliban. "Well, they're going to come back anyway because they're really in Pakistan," said Mr Trump.  2012: 'Afghanistan is a complete waste' Five years to the day before his Fort Myer speech, Mr Trump tweeted: “Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!” Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2012 2013: 'Let's get out of Afghanistan' A year later, in 2013, he continued his theme, stating: “Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.” In March 2013 James Mattis, Mr Trump’s current defence secretary, who at the time was the general leading the US military's Central Command, said that he recommended keeping 13,600 American troops in Afghanistan after 2013. We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013 This tweet hasn't aged well. #Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/7kVz9dH1eB— Joe Negan (@mynameisNegan) August 22, 2017 I agree with Pres. Obama on Afghanistan. We should have a speedy withdrawal. Why should we keep wasting our money -- rebuild the U.S.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2013 2013: 'We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan' Mr Trump disagreed, tweeting: “We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!” In November 2013 Mr Obama again promised to bring the conflict to an end. "This winter, our troop levels in Afghanistan will be down to 34,000, and by this time next year, the transition to Afghan security will be nearly complete. The longest war in American history will end," he said. We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013 Yet in January 2017, when Mr Obama handed over to Mr Trump, he said the security situation in Afghanistan "remains precarious”. He announced that instead of dropping the US troop level to 5,500, he would keep it at about 8,400 through the end of his term, saying his successor can determine the next move. 2016: Policy of 'intervention and chaos' must end Afghanistan barely registered during the 2016 election campaign. But, before taking the reins of power, Mr Trump continued to talk in vague terms about reducing US presence. He said at a December 2016 “thank you rally” in North Carolina that the policy of "intervention and chaos" must come to an end. 2017: 'A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists' Yet on Monday he had changed his mind and committed more troops to Afghanistan. “The consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable,” he said. “A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill.”  Mr Trump coupled his pledge with a demand for countries like Britain to do more and criticised Pakistan for not doing enough to tackle terrorist "safe havens". Trump: We are not nation building, we are killing terrorists 01:53 "Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists," he said. He also warned the Afghan government that it should not view US support as a "blank check" and said America would work with them "as we see determination and progress".


Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr feels better. Not perfect, but better, and that's encouraging news for the Warriors coach.


Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: police Mayo seeks redemption once drug ban ends (Yahoo Sports)

Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: policeBy Angus Berwick BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain asked the rest of Europe to join the hunt for a young man thought to have been the driver in last week's deadly van attack in Barcelona as police said on Monday that he had also hijacked a car and killed its occupant during his escape. After driving at high speed into crowds on the city's famous avenue Las Ramblas last Thursday, killing 13 people, the suspected Islamist militant fled on foot and then hijacked the car as it was being parked, stabbing the driver to death, police said. The suspect, Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, then drove the hijacked car through a police checkpoint, police said.


O.J. Mayo (Getty Images)

Once one of the world's highest-profile young basketball players, O.J. Mayo hit rock bottom. Now, he's trying to come back.


Young Mother Crushed to Death Hours After Giving Birth When Hospital Elevator Malfunctions: Reports Imperfect Angels in thick of AL wild card race (Yahoo Sports)

Young Mother Crushed to Death Hours After Giving Birth When Hospital Elevator Malfunctions: ReportsRocio Cortes Nunez, 25, had just given birth to her third child when she was killed in a freak hospital accident.


Mike Trout

It doesn't matter how Mike Trout and the Angels got here. They're here, and they just have to be less imperfect than the other wild card challengers.


Charlottesville: Petition calls for Robert E Lee statue to be replaced with one of murdered protester Heather Heyer What if ... the Penguins drafted Bobby Clarke? (Yahoo Sports)

Charlottesville: Petition calls for Robert E Lee statue to be replaced with one of murdered protester Heather HeyerA petition has been set up to call for the replacement of a statue of US Confederate Army general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, with one of an anti-racist protester who was killed in the town during violent clashes. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed after a car was rammed at crowds during a white supremacy rally on 12 August at which she had been a counter-protester. A known white supremacist, James Fields Jr, has been charged with Ms Heyer’s murder in the attack that left 19 others injured.


Bobby Clarke

What if the Flyers and Penguins' franchise destinies, and thus their personalities, were switched?


New York Police Union Condemns What It Terms 'Blue Racism' Contract loophole may lead to Zetterberg's exit (Yahoo Sports)

New York Police Union Condemns What It Terms 'Blue Racism'“They don’t even label me based on being African American, Latino, Asian, Caucasian and so on. They tend to see an even broader stereotype through an even more racist lens. The association, which represents 13,000 active and retired NYPD sergeants, says in the video that “this strange form of racism continues to engulf the country,” without offering any research or statistics to back up the assertion. A Stanford University study of traffic stops in 100 North Carolina cities, for instance, found that police had a “lower threshold of suspicion” for black and Latino drivers and were more likely to search their vehicles.


Henrik Zetterberg (AP)

Henrik Zetterberg is scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in 2017-18,  after that, it’s a slippery slope for his 12-year, $73-million contract.




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Living Wages Are A Global Problem

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Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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