Hey guys, remember when Cadet Bone Spurs visited Afghanistan on Thanksgiving
to throw paper towels, er, to serve the troops a photo-op, er dinner? It seems he also surprised everyone by trying to re-open talks with the Taliban after he threw away a year’s worth of negotiations in September!
“After abruptly axing nearly a year of delicate peace talks with the Taliban in September, President Trump put the negotiations back on the front-burner this week in a similarly jolting fashion by seeming to demand a cease-fire that his negotiators had long concluded was overly ambitious.
“Despite a sense of relief at the prospect of resuming talks to end the 18-year conflict, Western diplomats and Taliban leaders were scrambling to figure out whether Mr. Trump had suddenly moved the goal posts for negotiations. They were particularly confused by his remarks, made during an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, that the United States was once again meeting with the Taliban to discuss a deal, but that ‘we’re saying it has to be a cease-fire.’
“Demanding a cease-fire would amount to a big shift in the American position and require a significant new concession from the Taliban — one that the Americans have little leverage to extract.
So Prznint Art of the Deal is back to demanding something that broke off the talks before. It’s not exactly Stratego!
“On Friday neither the Taliban nor the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani indicated that a cease-fire was near, or even being discussed in resumed U.S. negotiations.
“At the time the U.S.-Taliban talks ended, the two sides were preparing to sign a draft agreement that called for a reduction in violence. But it specifically declared that any discussion of a cease-fire was to be left to follow-on negotiations between the militants and the government in Kabul.
“In a statement, the Taliban said that remains its understanding. ‘We are ready to talk, but we have the same stance to resume the talks from where it was suspended,’ Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Post. Ghani spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said Trump’s brief visit to Afghanistan was ‘important’ but that ‘we will have to see’ whether there has been any change in the status of peace talks.”
So he’s achieved exactly nothing, except a photo-op. Mission Accomplished!!1!