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?




Time to Stop the Pied Piper of Islington? – Top Tweet Last 30 Days

Here’s my top tweet last month according to Twitter Analytics:

Time to stop the Pied Piper of Islington?

I’m sharing this out of interest.

I normally give political blogging a rest in August. Although I’ve been drawn on Trump, Bannon etc, I’ve tried to keep away from UK politics, especially Brexit.

But if you’ve got any strong views on  the ‘Pied Piper of Islington’, please share them below and I’m happy to reblog quality posts of up to 500 words.