Trump Tells Generals U.S. Should Plunder Afghan Minerals

Trump Tells Generals U.S. Should Plunder Afghan Minerals

Common Dreams

  President Trump exiting the Pentagon with Secretary of Defense James Mattis in January. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr)


In a recent situation room meeting with generals and top national security advisors, President Donald Trump reportedly compared war policy to renovating a restaurant and complained that the U.S. isn’t doing enough to exploit Afghanistan’s mineral wealth.

This is according to senior administration officials who leaked details of the “tense” meeting to NBC News.

Trump also complained that the U.S. is “losing” the war in Afghanistan—which is approaching its 16th year—and said he was contemplating firing Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of American forces in the country, who he has not met.

Common Dreams

  President Trump exiting the Pentagon with Secretary of Defense James Mattis in January. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr)

In a recent situation room meeting with generals and top national security advisors, President Donald Trump reportedly compared war policy to renovating a restaurant and complained that the U.S. isn’t doing enough to exploit Afghanistan’s mineral wealth.

This is according to senior administration officials who leaked details of the “tense” meeting to NBC News.

Trump also complained that the U.S. is “losing” the war in Afghanistan—which is approaching its 16th year—and said he was contemplating firing Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of American forces in the country, who he has not met.

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