America is out of ideas in Afghanistan – POLITICO

Of the dozens of articles on Trump’s Afghanistan speech, the POLITICO article is probably one of the most critical. It concludes that only one thing was clear after President Trump’s vague speech and that was ‘Nobody knows what to do’.

Source: America is out of ideas in Afghanistan – POLITICO

Personally, I think the article is unnecessarily harsh.

I’m no lover of Trump but he’s right to highlight that premature evacuation creates opportunities for terrorists. For me, Obama’s foreign policy disasters have precipitated the current terrorist threat.

Trump is also right to question Pakistan’s role. Under Obama, Pakistan received billions of Dollars but exactly where the money went and the cost benefit analysis is far from clear.

Meanwhile, India’s media have seized on Trump citing India’s importance in solving the conflict in Afghanistan. He actually highlighted how India benefited from business in the US, so it’s time for India to repay. Others will question the wisdom of playing India against Pakistan.

Critically, the US military has prevailed with Trump, for now anyway, but there’s still evidence of Bannon’s ‘US first’ policy. It seems the US not longer wants the moral highground of exporting freedom and democracy.

So is Trump really a Neocon at heart?




One response

  1. Afghanistan presents a conundrum for America, having planned to invade it as far back as 1999, long before 9/11 was used as the bogus excuse.

    Dr Alf will recall the desire to build the Turkmenistan oil pipeline, the quest for lithium and copper totalling 6 trillion USD in the Aynak mine which 350,000 Chinese mineworkers now work in and the ever present spectre at the feast, the Afghan poppy crop.

    History tells us that Afghanistan used to be part of India, so the Indian Government ought to be encouraged to send troops there, as the price for getting BPO/IT related work and call centre outsourcing from the West.

    Pakistan is venal, corrupt and a breeding ground for terror, via the ISI, which sponsors the Taliban. It is also China’s ally.

    The US should talk to President Xi Jin Ping and agree a way to contain Pakistan and eradicate the Taliban, ideally using robots, rather than wasting the lives of young soldiers. Drones need to be used more widely to effectively occupy Afghanistan without such an overriding need to send more troops and Erik Prince of XE who has suggested replacing regular US troops with his security people should be listened to seriously.

    America has not run out of ideas but, as the conqueror of Afghanistan, needs to impose its will more by clearing out the Waziristan tribal regions, punishing Pakistan with a full range of options, including cutting off aid if they fail to curtail the activities of the Taliban.

    Afghanistan itself needs to be less corrupt and that may mean imposing “cleanskin” from the Diaspora as a puppet ruler.

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