Last week I wrote that there was a good chance that a peace deal would be signed in America’s longest war in Afghanistan that President George W. Bush had a chance to have Afghanistan defeated in a clean sweep 19 years ago but diverted his attention to Iraq instead. With much American money and blood lost all these years the United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement today but the big question of course is will the peace last or will it go on the wayside as other deals of this nature have gone in the past.
The following was posted by Beth Baumann, published by Townhall: “The United States and the Taliban on Saturday signed an agreement which sets the stage for American troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban’s top negotiator and one of its founders, signed the deal in Doha, Qatar, where peace talks between the United States and the terrorist organization have been on and off for more than a year.”
“Keeping America safe from terrorism and reducing the burden of the Afghan war has been at the center of the Trump administration’s strategy throughout this process. The Trump administration believes this agreement advances those goals.”
“We call on the Taliban to abide by their commitments as outlined in the agreement with the United States, to include maintaining the ongoing reduction in violence across the country,” Esper said. “As intra-Afghan negotiations progress, the United States will watch the Taliban’s actions closely to judge whether their efforts towards peace are in good faith. If the Taliban uphold the agreement, the United States will begin a conditions-based reduction in forces.”
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo witnessed the signing and spoke during the ceremony.”
“Under the agreement, 8,600 of the current 13,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be pulled out of the country in the next 135 days. During that time frame the United States, its allies and members of our coalition will proportionately reduce its forces and withdraw all forces from five military bases.”
The United States with President Trump has shown the world that terrorist leaders can be targeted to take them out by different means it being domes, Navy Seals, or any number of other American special forces. Trump has even mentioned that if America had to go back in again it would. The point of the matter is America does not have to keep a police action team in Afghanistan with thousands of troops to keep the peace.
That word “longest war” should never have been. The United States right now is probably the strongest military the world has ever known and to be lingering in a war that could have been ended years ago is ridiculous. It has taken President Trump to have the leadership to finally say lets bring our men and women home and so be it!