Trump: 'I could win' the Afghanistan war, but 'I don't want to kill 10 million people'
While meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on July 22, President Trump said he hoped Pakistan would help the United States "extricate" itself from Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump says that he has a plan to quickly end the United States' almost two-decade military involvement in Afghanistan that would "wipe it off the face of the Earth," but he doesn't want to "kill 10 million people."
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-I think Pakistan's gonna help us out to extricate ourselves. We're like policemen. We're not fighting a war. If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week. I just don't want to kill 10 million people. Does that make sense to you? I don't want to kill 10 million people. I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be gone. It would be over literally in 10 days. And I don't want to go that route. So we're working with Pakistan and others to extricate ourselves. Nor do we want to be policemen, 'cause basically we're policemen right now. And we're not supposed to be policemen. We've been there for 19 years, in Afghanistan. It's ridiculous. And I think Pakistan helps us with that, because we don't want to stay as policemen. But if we wanted to, we could win that war. I have a plan that would win that war in a very short period of time. You understand that better than anybody. We've been in there not fighting to win, just fighting to -- They're building gas stations, they're rebuilding schools, the United States -- we shouldn't be doing that. That's for them to do. But what we did, and what our leadership got us into is ridiculous.