Former Reagan adviser reacts to policy change in Afghanistan
"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars," said President Trump during his speech in Ft. Myer, Virginia Monday evening. "At the same time, they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. That will have to change."
Cobb predicted the President would call for an increase in United States military involvement in Afghanistan ahead of the speech, but he wasn't expecting Trump to call for a unity of countries as well.
"Of all the things I thought he was going to address tonight, that would be the last," said Cobb. "This is really going to be a shock to the Pakistanis, who enjoy the ability to receive so much American aid for such a long time and still support our enemies."
Cobb says President Trump did not explain exactly how the U.S. will be more involved in Afghanistan and for how long, because the main take-away from the speech involved foreign policy from around the world.
"I think what they're saying is we are going to stay, we are going to increase our presence somewhat, but we have to remove the most important impediment to any progress to achieve peach in Afghanistan," says Cobb. "That is the Pakistani government."