Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo released a press statement about the possibility of historic peace in Afghanistan that is sure to infuriate Democrats because it is just one more historic achievement in the list of places where his actions have caused people to end war.
“It’s past time to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. President Trump is winding down the forever wars he inherited from D.C.’s political classes,” Rep. Thomas Massie (r-KY) said.
“The United States welcomes the announcement that Afghanistan peace negotiations will begin on September 12th,” Pompeo said.
The United States welcomes the announcement that Afghanistan peace negotiations will begin September 12. This is an historic moment and Afghanistan’s best chance at ending forty years of war and bloodshed.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 10, 2020
According to his press release:
The start of these talks marks a historic opportunity for Afghanistan to bring an end to four decades of war and bloodshed. The people of Afghanistan have carried the burden of war for too long. They yearn for peace. Only through an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led political process — one that respects the views of all Afghan communities, including women and ethnic and religious minorities — can the parties achieve a durable peace.
This opportunity must not be squandered. Immense sacrifice and investment by the United States, our partners, and the people of Afghanistan have made this moment of hope possible. I urge the negotiators to demonstrate the pragmatism, restraint, and flexibility this process will require to succeed. The people of Afghanistan and the international community will be watching closely. The United States is prepared to support as requested.
The United States recalls the commitment by the Afghan government and the Taliban that terrorists can never again use Afghan soil to threaten the United States or its allies. Now is the time for peace for Afghanistan.
BREAKING: Trump to order thousands of troops home from Afghanistan & Iraq! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 9, 2020
This announcement comes at the same time the Trump administration announced the withdrawal of up to half of the number of American troops from Iraq, leading to another de-escalation in the region.
US troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan show progress in resolving ‘endless wars’https://t.co/jX45UqY8mp
— White House Rapid Response (@WHRapidResponse) September 10, 2020
Signaling a change in policy from the past years, from the Federalist,” President Trump nominated foreign-policy expert William Ruger for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday in a move speculated to help reduce U.S. troops in the area after nearly 20 years of war.”
Intent to nominate Dr William Ruger for US Ambassador to Afghanistan https://t.co/ReJoaL3XGW
— JT (@JarodATaylor) September 10, 2020
Trump Nominates Decorated Veteran, Foreign Quagmire Skeptic For U.S. Ambassador To Afghanistanhttps://t.co/wKDq3j3xyS
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) September 10, 2020
The announcement of a new ambassador comes just a week before Afghanistan and the Taliban are expected to begin peace talks. Ruger, “a veteran of the Afghanistan War and an officer in the United States Navy (Reserve Component),” will replace John Bass, who left the ambassadorship in January.
Time To Halt America’s Endless War in Afghanistan
Choosing William Ruger as Ambassador Could Help Bring the Troops Home
by Doug Bandow@Doug_Bandow @WillRuger @CKinstitute #Afghanistanhttps://t.co/hXDlIM1uOE pic.twitter.com/laTVQnpcS4
— Antiwar.com (@Antiwarcom) September 7, 2020
The news of Ruger, a foreign policy expert being appointed was not embraced by the Never Trump/ Democrat/ Media alliance, who are not happy about the military troops coming home and ending the war.
At the same time, Trump is making these bold moves for world peace that the Democrats are breathless to try to discredit Trump with gossip from numerous books about unconfirmed sources in the Atlantic Magazine.
While the Trump administration is ending wars, Jihadis and Democrats are attacking.
Pres Trump confirms US Sec of State Pompeo is travelling to Doha for the start of “intra Afghan” peace talks. Also incredibly says he received a report this morning “that there’s been nobody killed in Afghanistan since early February.” In fact, hundreds of civilians have died pic.twitter.com/qxzYDncSnY
— Secunder Kermani (@SecKermani) September 10, 2020
Social media was full of posts by Trump’s political opponents and opponents of peace in Afghanistan decrying Trump.
The Taliban has appointed a Conservative Cleric to negotiate on their behalf.
I have profiled Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai, the Taliban’s new chief negotiator for peace talks.
A senior, hard-line cleric, Ishaqzai led the Taliban’s judiciary from #Pakistan.
— Frud Bezhan فرود بيژن (@FrudBezhan) September 10, 2020
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