President Trump delivered a primetime address on Monday night during which he outlined America’s new strategy in Afghanistan. America’s longest war is particularly complicated, so it’s not too surprising that, aside from the addition of a few thousand troops, there’s not much of a new strategy. Here’s the transcript of the speech. “When I became president, I was given a bad and very complex hand.” (Weren’t we all…)

+ How did President Trump arrive at a decision that contrasted with his campaign promises and, as he said, his instincts? From the NYT: Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In.

+ How a 1972 photo of women in miniskirts helped persuade Trump to commit to war in Afghanistan.

+ The next stop for Trump is Arizona, where he will address a rally (and perhaps protesters) about his border wall, and other issues.

+ Meanwhile, some numbers: “9 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll call it acceptable to hold neo-Nazi or white supremacist views, equivalent to about 22 million Americans.”

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