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The White House Is Desperately Covering Up A Crisis Over The War In Afghanistan

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Over the last two years that Donald Trump has been President of the United States and leader of the free world, there are countless different things you could point to in order to explain quite clearly how he has been a terrible occupant of the Oval Office in every possible way. Take, for example, the recent revelation that just through his catastrophically immature language and rhetoric directed at his critics and vulernable groups in society, the President has caused a spike in hate crimes and hate motivated violence. One of the very worst things he has done concerns his appalling alliance with Saudi Arabia and the ruthless war they are waging together in Yemen, which has caused vast swathes of civilians to be killed, injured or displaced from their homes. However, even worse than that perhaps, new reports suggest that there is a crisis going on right now over the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and it all comes down to terrible management and communication from the Trump White House:

President Donald Trump and his national security team had an hourlong, classified meeting on Afghanistan on Friday, a day after a top Afghan official openly complained that the Trump administration was keeping his government in the dark about its negotiations with the Taliban. The meeting at the Pentagon included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, among others. The session was a classified briefing about Afghanistan, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the subject of the private briefing.

The Pentagon has been developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 troops still in Afghanistan. Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense, said he has no orders to reduce the U.S. troop presence, although officials say that is at the top of the Taliban’s list of demands in exploratory peace negotiations. U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, the administration’s main negotiator with the Taliban, recently concluded a 13-day session with leaders of the insurgent group to try to find a way to end the 17-year war.

This is about as bad as politics gets. It is difficult to imagine a leader such as President Trump doing anything more irresponsible than waging a needless war in another country, especially one plagued by mass poverty. He should be investing in foreign aid to help people stand on their own two feet, rather than guns to shoot them down again.


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