President Donald Trump announced that he was backing an increase of American troops to Afghanistan this week — and he insisted that the United States would finally win the 16-year-old conflict once and for all.
However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the goal of the escalation wasn’t necessarily to fully defeat the Taliban rebels that have been attacking the American-backed Afghan government for years.
“This entire effort is intended to put pressure on the Taliban, to have the Taliban understand that you will not win a battlefield victory,” Tillerson said. “We may not win one, but neither will you. So at some point, we have to come to the negotiating table and find a way to bring this to an end.”
Tillerson: US's Afghanistan effort meant to tell Taliban "you will not win a battlefield victory. We may not win one, but neither will you." pic.twitter.com/8tE8uCe9pu
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 22, 2017
Twitter users reacted with anger to Tillerson’s statement — and said that it was wrong to spend more blood and treasure in Afghanistan if simply fighting to a draw was seen as an acceptable outcome.
Check out some top responses below.
So stalemate is the plan?
— Mary Burge (@mwburge1) August 22, 2017
Participation Trophy Policy
— edpo (@edwardpowell) August 22, 2017
That’s worth sending kids to die for?
— John Robinson (@esswoofie) August 22, 2017
Shooting for a stalemate. Go USA!
— Jeff Shaw (@jshawtulsa) August 22, 2017
So our terrifying message to the taliban: we can’t beat you but you can’t beat us, so there!
— JAG (@jeffgaskin) August 22, 2017
That’s encouraging words for all the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and wives of the loved ones you will be putting in harms way.
— LTG (@ljaguyer) August 22, 2017
Literally “We are not fighting to win.”… Wasn’t there some asshole running for President last year who said that is a terrible strategy?
— Chris Resists (@stokith) August 22, 2017
So… basically another nam. Great, assholes
— Thor Tallmon (@thortallmon) August 22, 2017