WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have said next to nothing about how they would handle the war in Afghanistan, if they win on Tuesday.
That’s remarkable, given the enormous U.S. investment in blood and treasure over the past 15 years, the resilience of the Taliban insurgency and the risk of a collapse of the Afghan government that could force the next president’s hands. Two Americans died while assisting Afghan forces on Thursday.
President Barack Obama escalated the war shortly after he took office, but he fell short of his goal of compelling a political settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The next president will face a new set of tough choices on Afghanistan early in his or her term, including whether to increase or reduce U.S. troop levels.
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