- Dec 14, 2011
Incredibly bad move to pull them out just as the talks with the Taliban are starting.Bad move to leave Afghanistan though I understand he's just halving US troops levels there. It would be like the Fall of Saigon, which turned 50000 US military fatalities into something that happened in vain. The Taliban controls more territory now than it did on 911.
On the other hand the pre existing Afghanistan strategy since 2001 has failed.Incredibly bad move to pull them out just as the talks with the Taliban are starting.
This is the "world's best negotiator", right?
So why do you give the enemy a massive concession with no reciprocal gesture just as talks are starting? You might as well ask them what they want, and give them to them - just like Trump did in Syria.
This is the Taliban who enabled the murder of 3,000 civilians in Trump's home town on 9/11. Why is he doing them favours? Is it because they are now clients of Putin?
And then it hits you: the United States has had a number of different strategies for the war in Afghanistan since the invasion. To talk about "the pre existing Afghanistan strategy since 2001" shows a certain ignorance about America's longest war. Indeed, the Trump administration reviewed and adopted a new strategy for Afghanistan after coming into office.
So it is incumbent on the President to make the best of a bad job, using the finely-honed negotiating skills we were assured he possessed. Countries have lost wars, but won the subsequent peace.
I do want US troops out of the Middle East, beyond a counter-terrorism presence. Oil is not as important a strategic commodity as it was in the time of President Eisenhower, and the US has its own oil reserves, its own gas, and renewable energy sources.John Bolton saying today that the US wont leave Syria until Turkey promises not to attack the Kurds.
E.g. Afghanistan. Obama made it clear that the commitment of the US to Afghanistan was not open-ended. He agreed to a moderate surge of troops (less than his generals were asking), but had a timetable for withdrawal.Unlike Obama, Trump does not have a Middle East strategy, grand or otherwise. He has impulses.
Granted, this did not work out well - mainly due to Israeli and Saudi opposition, plus the rise of ISIS. But Trump is all over the place by comparison.Obama wanted to calm the waters in the Middle East, then shift the burden of policing it to America’s partners there, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, as the United States had done during the Cold War. Hence, his policies were aimed at the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region, forging an Iran nuclear deal and restarting negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. This strategy could have enabled the United States to focus its attention on Asia.
Making a fool out of JOhn Bolton, Trump's National Security Adviser, who was assuring allies it was not going to happen without Turkish guarantees.[TWEET]1083689489418125312[/TWEET]
Will ye make up yer minds , Trump critics outraged when they claimed that Bolton had undue influence just a few days ago and was directing foreign policy and now you rage when a report shows that Bolton has little influence.Making a fool out of JOhn Bolton, Trump's National Security Adviser, who was assuring allies it was not going to happen without Turkish guarantees.
There are other rumours that Bolton's usefulness to Trump is at an end, and he going to get fired.
Either way, it is a typical Trump clusterf**k.
Washington Monthly | Trump's Foreign Policy Vacuum
I could not give a rat's ass if Trump fires his neo-conservative side-kick or not.Will ye make up yer minds , Trump critics outraged when they claimed that Bolton had undue influence just a few days ago and was directing foreign policy and now you rage when a report shows that Bolton has little influence.