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Trump’s Afghanistan policy shows he’s finally thinking like a president—or at least, someone is

From global geopolitics to the concerns of American voters, Trump's behaviour on Afghanistan bears a passing resemblance to the presidential. Who's behind it?

By Robert Fry  

Trump greets members of the military ahead of his speech on Afghanistan. Photo: PA

President Trump’s change of heart of Heart on Afghanistan has his many critics sniggering at yet another major policy u-turn. The apostle of America First has, it seems, turned into an interventionist the minute the guiding hand of Steve Bannon departed the White house.

Such judgements are easy, but they are also cheap. What Trump is doing is addressing a series of political issues from the global to the most parochial levels; in doing so, his…

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