Trump suggested firing USA commander in Afghanistan

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In a show of frustration, the USA president recently suggested the sacking of his top general in Afghanistan, saying the world's sole superpower was not winning the war. "Our commanders-in-chief, not our commanders in the field, are responsible for this failure", he said.

The meeting was called to consider a new strategy for Afghanistan and the region that Mattis has been preparing and had tentatively promised to deliver by mid-July.

President Donald Trump compared the debate over how to proceed in Afghanistan to the disastrous renovation of one of his favourite New York City restaurants in a July meeting with his top generals, according to a report from NBC News.

USA troops assess the damage to an armoured vehicle of NATO-led military coalition after a suicide bomber's attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has been charged with coming up with a new strategy for the Afghanistan conflict and Trump has notably, some would say recklessly, ceded substantial control of military decision-making to his generals.

Trump told his advisers that the restaurant, Manhattan's elite "21" Club, had shut its doors for a year and hired an expensive consultant to craft a plan for a renovation.




"We've been there for now close to 17 years", Trump said, "and I want to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas".

"We aren't winning", Trump complained, according to the officials. "Trump expressed frustration that his advisers tasked with figuring out how the USA can help American businesses get rights to those minerals were moving too slowly". In the end, the consultant's only advice was to build a bigger kitchen.

Officials said Trump kept stressing the idea that lousy advice cost the owner a year of lost business and that talking to the restaurant's waiters instead might have yielded a better result.

But NBC said a Defense Department official confirmed that discussions are taking place about the general's future in Afghanistan.

"His advisers were stunned", the NBC report said, citing senior administration officials. He also startled the room with a story that seemed to compare their advice to that of a paid consultant who cost a tony NY restaurateur profits by offering bad advice.

"The irony of all of this is that I think, by now, we should have figured out a military-only solution in Afghanistan will never work".

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