Trump calls off Afghan peace talks Watch

JanusGodofDoors
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The US government is tripping over itself in a rush to pull US forces out of the Middle East, when it is plainly apparent their continued presence is vital. These negotiations with the Taliban are being conducted with this end goal in mind, which gives the Taliban a huge amount of leverage, as they know the US government is desperate to pull out of the country. The cost of withdrawing from Afghanistan may well be to sacrifice an entire generation in parts of the country to live under a despotic, fundamentalist government, and leave the entire nation at risk of going back to exactly where it was at the start of this century. If that happens, every civilian and every soldier who has died in this war will have died for nothing. What are we supposed to say to the people who are going to be tossed to the wolves as the price of peace? It's their future and their freedom on the line here. Lets face it, the Afghan government cannot hold back the Taliban forever, as recent events have demonstrated, nor will they be able to uphold human rights or the law in Taliban-held regions, not to mention the fact that new terrorist organisations are bound to flourish under Taliban protection. The Americans started this, they should have the integrity to finish it.
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Right… he acts as if the taliban had something to gain from these talks? When it’s the USA/Afghan people&gov gaining from them
Validation from the US treating them as a party to be negotiated with rather than just a terrorist group.

Interesting he decided to negotiate with them at all given that the Taliban is "our sworn enemy" and Obama was wrong to talk to them. Once again, past Trump inadvertently criticises his future self
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It's one of those where Trump's critics will do their best to find an angle from which they can snipe at him, were the talks to go ahead and CNN would be making it a sign of weakness. He's always voiced a desire to pull US troops from wherever they are and leave the rest of the world to look after itself, this talking business has been taking place behind the scenes because he wants to get out, not get stuck in.

The media push the boat out as ever, the Taliban have had a summer packed with action and it is their customary tactic to ramp things up before any talks. Trump was even willing to overlook that but this latest strike was too close to the bone and only people totally clueless about him would dream of negotiating in this way. If there's someone who doesn't want peace talks, it's the Taliban.

I always wonder what Trump's critics imagine an impartial observer would say instead of that. That he's dead wrong to (pretend to) cancel the talks of course, with the whole media circus calling it a humiliating capitulation and all the rest. Nuts.
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It's understandable considering that the Taliban haven't exactly been particularly keen to compromise - they won't even talk to the Afghan government. So the US peace talks with the Taliban were effectively undermining the Afghan regime.
I have read some reports of Afghan opinion being against the peace talks as the Taliban have continued to target civilians but I don't know how accurate they were.
What I do know is that the Taliban are fairly decentralised so even if their leadership had signed up to a peace deal, certainly sections would have kept fighting regardless and some would have defected to ISIS-K.
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