Trump is mired in Afghanistan's endless war

  • Trump is mired in Afghanistan's endless war

Trump is mired in Afghanistan's endless war

I refer to Libya, Iraq and Syria, where USA invasions, interference and subterfuge have destabilized huge swaths of territory and led to the creation of numerous fanatical factions such as Daesh (aka ISIS), al-Nusra and al-Qaeda-linked militias. "Just as I said that Iraq was going to collapse after we leave". "I am very encouraged by the new United States policy. yes I do feel confident". If so, he would know President George W Bush, after outing the Taliban post-9/11, limited himself to a ‚modest footprint' - a small number of troops - to stabilise the country. The Islamic State filled the vacuum and took over large swaths of land that some of our soldiers and our allies had paid for with their lives to take.

He added that troops will not be withdrawn from the country as hasty evacuation will create space for terrorists.

Small wonder that Trump's first prime-time speech to the nation Monday night was a bow to this presidential tradition of preferring expensive stalemate to any hint of withdrawal or defeat. He didn't listen to his generals on the ground - instead, he listened to the political winds and to his leftist base.

The third No is the apparent veto of a freakish idea that the president toyed with: to hire Eric Prince, founder of the notorious Blackwater private contractor outfit that shot up Baghdad, to lead a mercenary force replacing USA troops in Afghanistan. He realizes that in a war, you fight to win, you destroy your enemy and you bring our troops home after your objectives are accomplished. I take serious note of it because Trump seems to have approached Afghanistan the same way I would have approached Titian's Venus of Urbino. For those with especially short memories, this is what Trump said: "Pakistan has also sheltered the same organisations that try every single day to kill our people". But while the U.S. will focus on ‚killing terrorists', there is certainly an expectation that Afghanistan will address corruption and governance.

Nuclear-powered India, Pakistan's archrival and neighbor, has recently bought arms worth $2 billion from the United States in what many analysts believe is part of a U.S. plan to cast New Delhi as a significant power in the region so as to force other regional countries to increase their military spending. Afghans must be true partners rather than dependents on USA aid - and the blood of Americans.

For successful implementation of new U.S. South Asia strategy, U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a warning to Pakistan authorities that if Islamabad continue to support Afghan Taliban and other terror groups in Pakistan, then the Trump administration is likely to impose sanctions on them and may carry out air raids inside Pakistan. India was viewed as part of the problem and now Trump is arguing that India should be viewed as part of a solution to the Afghan imbroglio. Despite his instincts to withdraw all remaining forces, a step that President Barack Obama also contemplated, Trump likewise decided the troops would remain.

"At the request of the government of Pakistan, the visit of the U.S. delegation has been postponed until a mutually convenient time", the Pakistan foreign office statement said.