Before the speech last night I had seen Gen. Tom McInerney on Fox Business. He was asked about what should be outlined in Trump’s speech.
He particularly thought Pakistan should be targeted, but doubted Trump would target them. Here’s the video:
Last night Trump did just that.
“The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan. We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.
“Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies.
“The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices, but Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time they are housing the same terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change. And that will change immediately.
“No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.”
I’m surprised that McInerney doubted the President. Even military guys who appear on cable news networks can get sucked into that I suppose.
In short, it was a very logically laid out speech. The Prez even referenced his earlier dismissal of more troops while on the campaign trail. However, he’s not going to let that get in the way of a successful end to this military campaign.
The tone was good – softer than usual. None of the rally type banter and no applause during it. He was at Fort Meyer in Arlington, Va., and the soldiers appeared to be disciplined not to interrupt with applause and shouts.
After the speech I turned away from the commentary. Dems will hit and Republicans will support. Anchors will ask leading questions and some will even imply things to support their Trump hatred. Nothing learned there.