Only one thing sabotaged a potential ceasefire with the Taliban in Afghanistan and it’s name is “Trump.”

By |2019-09-10T10:25:43-08:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |9 Comments

Since Trump’s rather dramatic tweet announcing the end of negotiations with the Taliban on Sunday we have learned a little more about what went wrong. 

And what went wrong it that Donald Trump was involved. 

What we have learned is that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his team had been working hard on a deal with the Taliban to bring home troops and patch together a cease-fire agreement that would be amenable to both sides.

National Security advisor John Bolton (Who was fired jsut today.) was not a fan of the plan and openly worked to undermine it with a more hawkish one of his own that did not include making a deal with the Taliban. 

When the plans were presented to Trump he saw a golden opportunity.

Courtesy of NYT:

Mr. Trump made no decision on the spot, but at some point during the meeting the idea was floated to finalize the negotiations in Washington, a prospect that appealed to the president’s penchant for dramatic spectacle. Mr. Trump suggested that he would even invite President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, whose government has not been party to the talks, and get him to sign on.

In the days that followed, Mr. Trump came up with an even more remarkable idea — he would not only bring the Taliban to Washington, but to Camp David, the crown jewel of the American presidency. The leaders of a rugged militant organization deemed terrorists by the United States would be hosted in the mountain getaway used for presidents, prime ministers and kings just three days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that led to the Afghan war.

Thus began an extraordinary few days of ad hoc diplomatic wrangling that upended the talks in a weekend Twitter storm. On display were all of the characteristic traits of the Trump presidency — the yearning ambition for the grand prize, the endless quest to achieve what no other president has achieved, the willingness to defy convention, the volatile mood swings and the tribal infighting.

What would have been one of the biggest headline-grabbing moments of his tenure was put together on the spur of the moment and then canceled on the spur of the moment. The usual National Security Council process was dispensed with; only a small circle of advisers was even clued in.

Donald Trump’s seething jealousy of President Obama is well known, and one of the things that he resents the most is Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

What Trump wanted was a made for TV moment that could be used to push for his own Nobel Peace Prize nomination as well as campaign ads for the upcoming election. 

When it became clear that Trump could not get a clean version of that due to American deaths in Afghanistan and continued fighting in that region, he did not quietly step aside to allow the negotiations to continue in secret, he blew up the entire deal with a tweet. 

Essentially if he could not get the credit for the deal he did not want the deal to happen. 

Oddly enough the Taliban actually think they already have a deal. 

Courtesy of German news outlet DW:

DW: Have you been contacted by US officials since Trump’s decision to end talks? Did they officially explain to you why the deal was called off?

Taliban spokesperson: We have so far not received any official explanation. But we are trying to get more information about it. At the moment, the only information we have is Mr. Trump’s tweets.

DW: Are you still ready to restart negotiations and reach an agreement with the US to end the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan? Are you willing to show some flexibility?

Taliban spokesperson: We are still committed to the deal. In our view, the deal is finalized. The US negotiating team also finalized it. But we have no control over Washington’s decisions.

According to this spokesperson there has been no official word that the deal is dead, aside from Trump’s tweet:

Khalilzad and General Scott Miller, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, also met with Mullah Ghani Berader, the head of the Taliban’s Qatar office. All this while, there were no signs that the US would call off negotiations. The US president’s tweets took us by surprise.

We still don’t understand how the US can call off the deal that took months to negotiate and finalize. This move has undermined the US’ credibility.

What seems to be quite clear is that Trump has no real interest in ending the conflict in Afghanistan, what he wants is a photo op that he can use to distract from the talk of impeachment and the multiple investigations being launched against his administration and businesses. 

And if he could also get a nice little peace prize out of the deal, well that is just icing on his cake. 

However everything with Trump is transactional so if there is nothing in it for him, there is simply no reason to move forward in his opinion. 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Just think if this had happened while the Taliban was at Camp David.

    Also I think little donnie wanted to be like Jimmy Carter who brokered the deal between Egypt and Israel at Camp David, i believe Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for accomplishment.
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    Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

    By CARA ANNA – The Associated Press

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, but officials at the compound declared all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries.
    A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker: “An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound.”

    There was no immediate comment from Afghan officials. The NATO mission, which is nearby, also said no personnel had been injured.
    It was the first major attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Taliban talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America’s longest war……

  2. Anonymous September 10, 2019 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Pence family boondoggle in Ireland cost U.S. taxpayers $600,000 for the limos alone
    ……….. Although he was there to meet with Irish leaders and he was technically there on official United States business, Pence and his family opted to stay on the opposite side of the country, to be near the hometown of Pence’s great-great-grandpappy, which also happened to be conveniently located near the once struggling Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg. Oh, what a time they had! They saw a pub! They walked down the main street to the pub, which is owned by a distant cousin of Pence’s, with an entourage of limousines behind them, waving to the roughly half-dozen people who turned out to see them.

    Now we learn that the travel back and forth from Dublin to Doonbeg, where the Pence family spent two nights at Trump’s hotel, were quite costly for American taxpayers. CREW obtained the contracts from the State Department and learned that taxpayers ponied up $599,454.36 just for the limousines used to ferry the Pence family back and forth across Ireland. …..

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/10/1884643/-Pence-family-boondoggle-in-Ireland-cost-U-S-taxpayers-600-000-for-the-limos-alone?utm_campaign=trending

  3. dvlaries September 10, 2019 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Let’s see, I’m crazed at the idea of scoring myself a Nobel Peace Prize, but everybody on the planet knows I’m tossing blameless innocent migrant babies into cages…?

    What is further needed to define insanity…?

  4. Anonymous September 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Only a rich assed out of touch marie attoniette personality like trump and his constituents would try to project a healthy leadership rather than just lead the country to soundness. Trump has been adding one crazy thing every day hes been in office. One day movie makers will show just how crazy it was and people here in america will act surprised despite the fact that we witness his crazy shit daily.

    • Anonymous September 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      If you watch him lately, his health is failing. Physically and mentally.

  5. PennywiZe September 11, 2019 at 6:26 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/americans-recoil-in-disgust-as-trump-rage-tweets-about-hillary-on-the-18th-anniversary-of-9-11/

    Translation: “It’s the #911Anniversary. 3000 died…and I don’t give a shit because it’s always been and always will be about ME. Even today.” #Trump #911neverforget

    It’s 9/11 and you’re tweet raging about polling? You’re disgusting Trump.

  6. Jan September 11, 2019 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Don the Con is counting on “honour among thieves” when it comes to “like” criminals like Isis,Taliban,Kim,Putin. However,they show no Loyalty to Trump.

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