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Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Jul 9th, 2018 at 1:53pm
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Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Kabul, says Trump’s Afghan strategy is ‘working’

KABUL — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, making an unannounced stop in the Afghan capital Monday, said his brief visit showed him that the Trump administration’s strategy of maintaining an active U.S. military role, while setting conditions rather than timelines for success in the war against Taliban insurgents, “is indeed working.”

Pompeo, who spoke at a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, reiterated that Washington will participate in a peace process initiated by Ghani last month, when he announced a unilateral cease-fire. The truce was observed peacefully by the Taliban for three days, sparking nationwide hopes for progress in settling the 17-year war.

However, Pompeo said that while the United States is “prepared to facilitate” negotiations, they must be led and conducted by Afghans...

The secretary did not repeat his statement during the June cease-fire, when he said the administration would be willing to discuss a variety of insurgent concerns, including the future role of U.S. troops here. A key Taliban demand for holding talks has been the removal of all foreign troops...

But even as Afghanistan’s leading Muslim clerics declared the war to be un-Islamic, the Taliban brusquely ended the truce on June 17, ignoring Ghani’s unconditional offer to continue it with various inducements. Instead, the insurgents swiftly took up arms again, dampening the hopes that had just been generated...

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Interesting to see where this goes from here, particularly if we intend to take a backseat in any negotiations.
  
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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #1 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 5:08pm
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Demos wrote on Jul 9th, 2018 at 1:53pm:
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Interesting to see where this goes from here, particularly if we intend to take a backseat in any negotiations.



I imagine the goal is to set the stage to declare victory and leave. Which would be fine by me. At least the GOP won't accuse the Administration of "cut-and-run" or "surrender" like they did Obama. Trump could pull it off and only a handful of hawks would bitch about it...and then the knives would come out.

This is a tough test for him.

In case he's reading LNF...

Dear Mr. President,

You've fulfilled ALL your campaign promises and have indeed made America GREAT again. Your leadership has already won the War on Terror and ended the Korean Conflict. Do you think there are enough troops in South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan to hold a full Military Parade? The American people would love to have them all march by the White House in full Military Regalia after their long battles (with their hands tied behind their backs!) showing the Respect a Great PRESIDENT deserves!

MAGA! 

  

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
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White House Orders Direct Taliban Talks to Jump-Start Afghan Negotiations

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Trump administration has told its top diplomats to seek direct talks with the Taliban, a significant shift in American policy in Afghanistan, done in the hope of jump-starting negotiations to end the 17-year war.

The Taliban have long said they will first discuss peace only with the Americans, who toppled their regime in Afghanistan in 2001. But the United States has mostly insisted that the Afghan government must take part.

The recent strategy shift, which was confirmed by several senior American and Afghan officials, is intended to bring those two positions closer and lead to broader, formal negotiations to end the long war...

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Pompeo's going to be a busy dude.
  
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