It's decision time at the White House. We're six months into the Trump administration, and several foreign policy issues have to be resolved. What happens in the next few weeks will likely determine the course Trump will take for the next four years – which is why we're seeing more reports about the intense internal wrangling going on behind the scenes.
First and foremost is Afghanistan, with two White House factions battling it out in full public view: on one side we have newly-appointed National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, who wants a renewed long-term commitment to occupying that country and is angling for thousands more troops to be sent in. On the other side of the barricades is Steve Bannon, the Trumpian ideologue hated by the liberal media, who, as the Daily Caller puts it, "has pushed for the 'America First,' populist, noninterventionist foreign policy that Trump espoused during the campaign."
At a policy meeting held last month, Bannon argued for a major pullback. McMaster made the case for yet another "surge." Dissatisfied with those options, the President sent everyone back to the drawing board.