America finds itself closer to achieving another one of President Trump’s promises. The US and the Taliban met in more discussions on the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, stated there was “notable progress” in the talks. President Trump’s call to end “endless wars” may soon be coming to an end.
The US and the insurgents have been in substantial negotiations for over a year as the US is working a plan to withdraw thousands of US troops from the region. For this to happen successfully, the Taliban would have to work out their differences with the Kabul government and guarantee the security of the area.
Negotiations are being held in Doha, and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the Afghanistan president of the developments. Numerous tweets were posted to Twitter from President Ghani.
“Today, I was pleased to receive a call from @SecPompeo, informing me of the notable progress made in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban.” He added, “The Secretary informed me about the Taliban’s proposal with regards to bringing a significant and enduring reduction in violence.”
The Taliban is also informing their people of the progress being made, and it seems to be on the positive side. Everyone appears to be working together to put an end to the fighting and the countless deaths on all sides.
The war America got involved in under the Bush administration may now find its light at the end of the tunnel under the Trump administration. What a great president we have to keep his promises!
According to the New York Times, President Trump is giving full conditional support for the US officials and Afghan officials to work with the Taliban on laying this “endless war” to rest. September was the last time a breakthrough almost happened until the Taliban continued with their violence in the region. The violence has to stop for any agreements to flourish.
The Times reported Trump will give his final approval if the Taliban sticks to their end of the deal and stop with the violence. A source within Pakistan stated the Taliban has agreed to the stipulations within the proposal. President Trump is calling for a “ceasefire,” but sources say there are “complications” which need to be worked out before it can be called as such.
This war that America got involved with has been ongoing for almost two decades. There was an entry plan, but no exit strategy put in place since the Bush administration called for our troops to get involved. According to a US government watchdog report, at the end of 2019, the numbers rose to record highs on the clashes in Afghanistan.
Many Afghans are skeptical, especially those living in the refugee camps in Pakistan. They feel if the US withdraws from Afghanistan, it will throw the country into another civil war like the one in 1989 when the Soviet Union withdrew its forces. The older generation feels there can be no real peace in the nation.
President Trump spoke in the State of the Union address on how he vows to withdraw the US troops from Afghanistan. He stated, “We are working to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home.” Trump also gave his blessings to those who were working the negotiations and praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for all his accomplishments.
People like 60-year-old Hazrat Hussain only stated the warning to AFP, “People are afraid of infighting and a new war.” These are countries that have been fighting for centuries. All agree nothing can be done until the Taliban ceases fire.
When it comes to these nations, America is on the borderline of what the insurgents call a Jihad or a Holy War. It is like President Trump said, all we are doing is policing these nations. That is not what our troops are meant to do.
America, in her greatest glory, is blessed to have all we have in this nation. It is wonderful to help those other nations less fortunate, but what we have seen over the last few decades is not suitable for America’s interest.
In fact, it is the most dangerous fire to mess with. Our young men and women have lost their lives by the thousands due to policing other nation’s affairs. Helping is one thing, but the bottom line is, having no exit strategy was the worst thing the previous administrations could have done.