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national security address regarding the situation in afghanistan. the president is expected to commit 4,000 more troops to the war effort there. good evening, i'm julie haener. >> and i'm frank somerville, we'll bring you the address in its entirety when it begins and again, it's expected to start in just a few moments. a bay area rapper shot and wounded in richmond is recovering at the hospital. keak the sneak, real name charles williams was in his porsche at a gas station when someone opened fire. friends of the rap star said he made it through surgery and has now stabilized. at this point, police have not made any arrests. prosecutors formally charged a san jose man with murder and attempted murder for shooting two off duty oakland firefighters. investigators say 27-year-old oliver junio shot and killed oakland firefighter jake walter late thursday night in san jose after an altercation outside a bar. another off duty oakland
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firefighter survived the shooting and is now listed in stable condition. millions of americans from coast to coast watched today's once in a lifetime total eclipse. it was the first total solar eclipse seen exclusively in the united states since 1976. a lot of people cheered as the sun turned day in to night. it screeched totality in oregon, 10:15 and then swept across a narrow swath of the country with the final sight in south carolina just 90 minutes later. >> we are now about one minute away from president trump's national security address. >> again, the president is expected to talk about a new strategy for the ongoing war in afghanistan. at the moment, there are 8,400 u.s. troops currently deployed in afghanistan. in tonight's primetime address, the president is expected to announce plans to send another 4,000 troops to the country. after a lengthy policy review
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within his administration over how to move forward in the nation's longest running war, the plans were finalized with the president's top advisors at camp david over the weekend. we want to take you back live to arlington, virginia where the president is preparing to make his remarks. this is joint base meyer henderson hall. >> let's listen in now to president trump. >> secretary of state tillerson, members of the cabinet, general doneford, secretary shanahan and colonel duggan. most especially, thank you to the men and women of fort meyer and all at home and abroad. we send our thoughts and prayers with the families of sailors who were lost at sea, and thank all
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those in the search and recovery efforts. i am here tonight to lay out our path to afghanistan and south asia. but before i provide the details of our new strategy, i want to say a few words to the service members here with us tonight. to those watching from their posts, and to all americans listening at home. since the founding of our republic, our country has produced a special class of heroes whose selflessness, courage and resolve is unmatched in human history. american patriots from every generation have given their last breath on the battle field for our nation and for our freedom. through their lives and though their lives were cut short, in
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their deeds they achieved total immortality by following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify to heal and to remain one nation under god. the men and women of our military operate as one team with one shared mission and one shared sense of purpose. they transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together and sacrifice together in absolutely perfect cohesion. that is because all service members are brothers and sisters. they are all part of the same
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family. it's called the american family. they take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law. they're bound together by common purpose, mutual trust and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other. the soldier understand what we as a nation too often forget. that a wound inflicted upon a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. when one part of america hurts, we all hurt. and when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together. loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. love for america requires love
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for all of its people. when we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate. the young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. we cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other. as we send our bravest to defeat our enemies overseas, and we will always win, let us find the courage to heal our divisions within. let us make a simple promise to the men and women we ask to fight in our name. that when they return home from battle they will find a country that has renewed the sacred
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bonds of love and loyalty that unite us tonight as one. thanks to the vigilance and skill of the american military and of our many allies throughout the world, powers on the scale of september 11th, and nobody can ever forget that, have not been repeated on our shores. but we must acknowledge the reality i am here to talk about tonight. that nearly 16 years after the september 11th attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the american people are weary of war without victory. nowhere is this more evident than with the war in afghanistan. the longest war in american history, 17 years.
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i share the american people's frustration. i also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly lives trying to rebuild countries in our own image said of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations. that is why shortly after my inauguration i directed secretary of defense mattis of all strategic actions in afghanistan and southeast asia. my original instinct was to pull out. and historically, i like following my instincts. but all my life i've heard that decisions are much different. when you sit behind the desk in
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the oval office. in other words, when you're president of the united states. so i studied afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle. after many meetings, over many months, we held our final meeting last friday at camp david with my cabinet and generals to complete our strategy. i arrived at three fundamental conclusions about america's core interests in afghanistan. first, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. the men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. they deserve the tools they need
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and the trust they have earned to fight and to win. second the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history was planned and directed from afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. a hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including isis and al-qaeda would instantly fill just as happened before september 11th. and as we know, in 2011, america hastily and mistakenly withdrew from iraq.
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as a result, our hard-won gains slipped back in the hands of terrorist enemies. our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for and bled to liberate and won were occupied by a terrorist group called isis. the vacuum too soon left safe haven to spread, to grow, recruit, and launch attacks. we cannot repeat in afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in iraq. third and finally, i concluded that the security threats we face in afghanistan and the broader region are immense. today 20 u.s. designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in afghanistan and pakistan. the highest concentration in any
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region, anywhere in the world. for its part, pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. the threat is worse because pakistan and india are two nuclear armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral in to conflict. and that could happen. no one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in afghanistan. and south asia. but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions. when i became president, i was given a bad and very complex hand. but i fully knew what i was getting in to. big and intricate problem ss. but one way or another, these problems will get solved, i'm a
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problem solver. and in the end, we will win. we must address the reality of the world as it exists right now, the threats we face and the confronting of all of the problems of today and extremely predictable consequences of a hasty withdrawal. we need look no further than last week's vial, vicious attack in barcelona to understand that terror groups will stop at nothing to commit the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children, you saw it for yourself. horrible. as i outlined in my speech in saudi arabia, three months ago, american [ indiscernible ] are committed to stripping terrorists of their territory. cutting off their funding and exposing the false allure of
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their evil ideology. terrorists who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next. they are nothing but thugs and criminals and predators and that's right, losers. working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them and we will defeat them handily. in afghanistan and pakistan, america's interests are clear: we must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enables terrorists who threatened america. and we must prevent nuclear weapons from coming in the hands of terrorists and being used against us or anywhere in the world for that matter. but to prosecute this war, we will learn from history.
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as a result of our comprehensive review, american strategy in afghanistan and south asia will change dramatically in the following ways. a core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. i've said it many times how counterproductive it is for the united states to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military options. we will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. conditions underground, not arbitrary timetables will guide our strategy from now on. america's enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. i will not say when we are going
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to attack. but attack we will. another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of american power. diplomatic, economic, and military toward a successful outcome. someday after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political sentiment that includes elements of the taliban and afghanistan. but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen. america will continue its support for the afghan government. and the afghan military as they confront the taliban in the field. ultimately it is up to the people of afghanistan to take ownership of their future. to govern their society and to achieve an everlasting peace. we are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the afghan people how to live or how
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to govern their own complex society. we are not nation building again. we are killing terrorists. the next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with pakistan, we can no longer be silent about pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the the taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. pakistan has much to stand from partnering with afghanistan in our dispute. 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
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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 very terrorists that we are fighting. but that will have to change and that will change immediately. no partnership can survive a country's harboring the militants and terrorists who target u.s. service members and officials. it's time for pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace. another critical part of the south asia strategy for america is to further develop its strategic partnership with india, the world's largest democracy and a key security and
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economic partner of the united states. we appreciate india's important contributions to stability in afghanistan. but india makes billions of dollars in trade with the united states and we want them to help us more with afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. we are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in south asia. and the border indo pacific region. my administration will ensure you, the brave defenders of the american people will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work and work effectively and work quickly. i've already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our war fighters that prevented the secretary of defense and our commanders in
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the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy. micromanagement from washington dc does not win battles. they're won in the field, drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders. and front line soldiers, acting in realtime with real authority and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy. that's why we will also expand authority for american owned forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos. these need to know that no place is beyond the reach of american might and american arms. retribution will be fast and powerful as we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the
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field. we're already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat isis including the liberation of mosul in iraq. since my inauguration, we have achieved record-breaking success in that regard. we will also maximize sanctions and other financial and law enforcement actions against these networks to eliminate their ability to export terror. when america commits its warriors to battle, we must ensure they have every weapon to apply swift decisive and overwhelming force, our troops will fight to win. we will fight to win. from now on, victory will have a clear definition. attacking our enemies, obliterating isis, crushing al-qaeda, preventing the taliban from taking over afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks
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against america before they emerge. we will ask our nato allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own. we are confident they will since taking office i have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense. and they have done so. in this struggle, the heaviest burden will continue to be born by the good people of afghanistan and their courageous armed forces. as the prime minister of afghanistan has promised, we are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this war to us. afghanistan is fighting to defend and secure their country again against the same countries
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that threaten us, the stronger the forces become, the less we will have to do. afghans will secure and build their own nation. and define their own future. we want them to succeed. but we will no longer use american military might to construct democracies in far away lands or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. those days are now over. instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests. we are not asking others to change their way of life but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. this principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward. military power alone will not bring peace to afghanistan or stop the terrorists' threat arising in that country. but strategically applied force aims to create the conditions
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for a political process to achieve a lasting peace. america will work with the afghan government as long as we see determination and progress. however, our commitment is not unlimited. and our support is not a blank check. the government of afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political and economic burden. the american people expect to see real reforms, real progress, and real results. our patience is not unlimited. we will keep our eyes wide open in abiding by the oath i took on january 20th, i will remain steadfast in protecting american lives and american trusts. in this effort he will have
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common costs in any nation that chooses to stand and fight alongside us in this global threat. terrorists take heed. america will never let up until you are dealt a lasting defeat under my administration, many billions of dollars more is being spent on our military. and this includes vast amounts being spent on our nuclear arsenal and missile defense in every generation we have faced down evil. and we have always prevailed. we prevailed because we know who we are and what we are fighting for. not far from where we are gathered tonight, hundreds of thousands of america's greatest patriots lay at eternal rest at arlington national cemetery. there's more courage, sacrifice, and love in those hallowed grounds than in any other spot
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on the face of the earth. many of those who have fought and died in afghanistan enlisted in the months after september 11th, 2001, they volunteered for a simple reason: they loved america. and they were determined to protect her. now we must secure the cause for which they gave their lives. we must unite to defend america from its enemies abroad. we must restore the bonds of loyalty among our citizens at home. and we must achieve an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the enormous price that so many have paid. our actions and in months to come, all of them will honor the sacrifice of every fallen hero, every family who lost a loved one, and every wounded warrior
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who shed their blood in defense of our great nation. with our resolve, we will ensure that your service and that your families will bring about the defeat of our enemies and the arrival of peace. we will push onward to victory with power in our hearts, courage in our souls, and every lasting pride in each and every one of you. thank you, may god bless our military and may god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. thank you. [ applause ] >> you have been listening to president donald trump address the nation tonight from arlington, virginia for addressing the new strategy for
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the 16-year conflict in afghanistan. the president said he's studied the situation since taking office in afghanistan, and he reached three fundamental conclusions as part of his strategy, new strategy for afghanistan and the surrounding region. number one he says he wants an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the sacrifices that have been made there. number two, he said consequences of a rapid exist are predictable and unacceptable, and three he said the security threats we face in afghanistan and the surrounding region are immense. >> he also said that this is going to be a condition-based approach in afghanistan as opposed to a time-based approach. in other words, conditions on ground will determine our strategy but he did not say what those conditions will be. also, the other thing that he did not say is that he is sending more troops to afghanistan, many people thought he was going to say that another 4,000 troops would be sent to afghanistan, we did not hear him say that today. let's talk more about this now
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via skype with david mccuen, a political science professor at sonoma state university. your reaction to this, the president taking a very broad approach and the military power alone won't bring peace to afghanistan, but he seemed to imply the military will have what it needs to win the war but he didn't specifically say more troops are being sent. >> yeah, the president had a multiple audience, one he had to put distance between himself and the previous administration's policies. turning the generals loose if you will and letting the military make on the ground decisions. one example of a big difference between the obama administration and the trump administration. but also the background of what's been happening here. bannen's departure, he was one that wanted private contractors take over much of the business in afghanistan. ha was an important element here bannon's departure, reverb rating here really throughout the whole debate. moreover, the president tried to lay out a broader strategy talked about a realist strategy
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but that you can fight force for force, this is a speech as much political, there's a way to get the taliban to the negotiating table. [ switching captioners ] captioners ] there is so much noise going on. whether the aftermath of charlottesville. the difficulty of race relations, state of the economy. all of these things are impinging upon his worldview. he was very specific


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