Emily GirschAug 22, 2017, 4:31 pmAug 23, 2017, 11:47 am

Veterans in Elizabeth react to president's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan

Trump reverses pledge he made on campaign trail to pull out of Middle East


During his address on Monday night, President Trump revealed a plan to dispatch more troops to Afganistan, going back on his previous interest in pulling out of the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump addressed his reversal on the war during his speech and explained why he believes troop won't be coming home anytime soon.

"My original instinct was to pull out," Trump said. "But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk of the Oval Office."

Veterans in Elizabeth have mixed opinions on the president's remarks. Some say there is no need to keep American soldiers in Afganistan.

"Bring the troops home. I think we've been over there too long,” said Thomas Bailey, an Elizabeth veteran. “We ain't got nothing to do with that."

Others say they think the issue is complicated.

"It's a terrorist situation. It was terrorist situation even when I was in," Elizabeth veteran Donald McIntyre said.

McIntyre believes this decision must be trusted in the hands of elected leaders.

“I'm not sure what's got to be done in that policy. The big boys have to sit down and put their heads together, see what they're going to do with that," says McIntyre.

Trump did not disclose how many more troops will be dispatched or how long they will be there, but there are reports that the Pentagon wants to boost troop numbers by nearly 4,000.


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