HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (FOX 11) - A small but passionate group of military parents held a protest in Huntington Beach Tuesday night to speak out against President Donald Trump's decision to continue America's war in Afghanistan.
On Monday night, Trump said 4,000 US troops would be sent to the country where America is now in its 16th year of war.
"From now on victory will have a clear definition. Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge," Trump said.
"He said he had a strategy," said Pat Alviso, whose son is a US Marine with 6 deployments. "I didn't hear a strategy, the only thing I keep hearing over and over again is that we have a just don't lose policy, what does that mean? We don't know where they're gonna go. We don't know, are we gonna attack Pakistan? It's pretty scary there's already been talk about North Korea, I'm hearing people say where's my loved one, where are they going? We have no clue. We were worried about nukes just two weeks ago."
"The Afghanistan war has been going on for 16 years and if he is a businessman, as he claims to be, then you tell me before you send one more person over there, the total cost of war," said Tim Kahlor, whose son is a disabled veteran who served in Iraq. "I wanna know what it's gonna cost when we bring more people home when we've got Vietnam vets standing in line with Afghanistan vets and Iraq vets that are still not being taken care of."
The group said they felt betrayed by President Trump, who has said in the past he supported pulling US troops out of Afghanistan.
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