Since 2010, U.S. negotiators have holed up with the Taliban and tried to come to some arrangement. And every year, the Taliban had its spring offensive against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In a Biblical-historical way, the Afghan War has become King David’s war with the Philistines–an annual slate of battles where both sides take casualties, with no end in sight.
But now, all of a sudden, we hear that the Taliban wants out of the war. Or they just want us out.
“We have a draft of the framework that has to be fleshed out before it becomes an agreement,” the American envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said in an interview with The New York Times in Kabul. “The Taliban have committed, to our satisfaction, to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals.”The New York Times, Jan 28, 2019
“We felt enough confidence that we said we need to get this fleshed out, and details need to be worked out.”
We are about to trust the Taliban to keep Afghanistan from being a haven for terrorists. Last I heard, the Taliban were terrorists. They work with the local chieftains, grow poppies, produce huge quantities of heroin, engage in murder and extortion, and attack U.S. forces.
The Afghan government cannot fight effectively against the Taliban, who just this month killed more than 100 in an attack against an Afghan base.
The Taliban is a very effective criminal cartel, as rich and powerful as any of the Mexican drug cartels. They have about as much morality as the Mexican thugs, too. And we’re about to trust them to keep an agreement to keep Afghanistan free of terrorists.
Are we daft?
The New York Times article correctly predicts the results of this “framework.” American troops will leave Afghanistan and this will happen again:
In an address to the nation after being briefed by Mr. Khalilzad, President Ashraf Ghani expressed concern that a peace deal would be rushed. He highlighted previous settlements that ended in bloodshed, including when the Soviet Union withdrew from the country.
Despite a promise of a peace deal at the time, Afghanistan broke into anarchy, and years later the Afghan president who had been in charge during that transition was hanged from a pole at a traffic roundabout.
I’m all for an end to the carnage and loss of life for our troops in Afghanistan. But handing the place over to the Taliban, pretending that they will be honest and we won’t have to go right back in, is foolishness.
It would be better to just leave, like Trump is doing in Syria, and let the cards fall where they may. Maybe another nation would be insane enough to pick up the pieces. Then they can pay the $45 billion a year tab. How many walls will $45 billion build? Just asking…