President Trump canceled secret talks with Taliban
President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of secret peace talks with Taliban leaders through his twitter account Saturday:
“Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”
The Trump administration has been seeking ways to negotiate with the Afghan government and Taliban to guarantee its security concerns before the removal of U.S. troops from Afghan soil.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. military invaded Afghanistan to end the Taliban government in the autumn of 2001, because of their support for the al-Qaeda network. Trump is the third U.S president dealing with the situation in Afghanistan. Removing all U.S. troops has been an electoral matter in previous presidential elections.
In December 2018, The New York Times reported, “The Trump administration has ordered the military to start withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming months.” Talks went further. As a part of the proposed deal, the U.S. might withdraw 5,400 troops within 20 weeks in return for Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan would never again be used as a base for terrorism. The U.S. currently has around 14,000 troops in Afghanistan.
However, canceled peace talks were controversial. According to CNN, “Inviting Taliban leaders onto American soil is an unprecedented move and a significant development in America’s longest running war just days from the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.”
Beyond the media’s remarks on “ending longest running war,” David French of National Review said, “Note well that I did not use the phrase that many in the media are using. I did not say that this agreement would ‘end America’s longest running war,’ because it almost certainly will not. Instead, it will mark an American retreat in a war that will rage on for the foreseeable future, regardless of our wishful thinking,” four days ago before the president’s tweet.
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D- California: “You brought the Taliban to the United States the week of September 11?”
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING: Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming: “Camp David is where America’s leaders met to plan our response after al Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, killed 3000 Americans on 9/11.
No member of the Taliban should set foot there. Ever.
The Taliban still harbors al Qaeda.
The President is right to end the talks.”