United States President Donald Trump on Saturday indicated that he has made a decision on the US strategy for Afghanistan following high level meeting with his national security team at Camp David.
High profile security team members including U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of CIA Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster had attended the meeting to choose an option regarding Afghanistan war.
A defense policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, James Carafano, who was also a member of the Trump transition team, said there are a variety of reasons why Trump can not make a final decision which include the complexity of the war, Trump's hesitation in making the decision as he afraid that he may choose a wrong path.
But "anti-globalists" at the White House, who were led by chief strategist Steve Bannon before he was pushed out on August 18, advocated withdrawing US forces, officials said.
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"Important day spent at Camp David with our very talented Generals and military leaders". He was reportedly previously scheduled to attend these meetings.
Steve Bannon, who was officially dismissed on Friday from his post as the White House's chief strategist, has said he wants to replace USA troops in Afghanistan with private contractors.
Details of his long-awaited Afghan decision are still awaited. There was also a move to outsource the war to a private army run by military contractor Eric Prince, the founder of the controversial security company Blackwater.
Graham urged Trump to "listen to his generals". "Many decisions made, including on Afghanistan", Trump wrote. "At the end of the day, Afghanistan is about American homeland security - not building empires".
"We are losing in Afghanistan, and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide", McCain said.