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He said the libertarian position articulated by Mr. Paul likely would not win the argument within the party, but it provided room for other candidates to carve out less hawkish positions than those inherited from Mr. Bush, which have been mainstream in the Republican Party.
"During [the] campaign and early in his administration, President Trump evinced a recognition that our efforts there were failing and may have reflected the difficulty of nation-building in a perpetually failed state. In the last few months, however, and in the face of a united front presented by his military advisers, he has reluctantly tacked back to the establishment policy of reinforcing failure, agreeing to a modest increase of U.S. forces there," Mr. Desch said.