President Trump came to office promising to put a stop to the endless wars that the country has been involved in. He is far from the war-mongering president that his opponents accuse him of being. He is closer to an isolationist president than a war hawk. He most certainly is not a trigger-happy president, and his policies have proven this time and time again.
Now, it appears that Trump is on the verge of ending the nineteen-year war in Afghanistan. The war began as retaliation for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.
However, the war quickly expanded outward from there, causing countless deaths.
Now, though, President Trump may be bringing our troops home for good.
The Washington Post reported, ‘U.S. negotiators in Doha have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant and nationwide reduction in violence across Afghanistan,’ [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo said in a statement. ‘Upon successful implementation of this understanding, the signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward. We are preparing for the signing to take place on February 29.”
The Post reports that the Taliban confirmed the deal in a statement released to the media Friday, stating that “both parties will now create a suitable security situation in advance of agreement signing date, extend invitations to senior representatives of numerous countries and organizations to participate in the signing ceremony, make arrangements for the release of prisoners” and prepare for inter-Afghan negotiations.
The week-long reduction in violence will require the Taliban, the United States, and the Afghani government-aligned forces to largely cease all planned offensive operations nationwide,” the Post reports. “The period is not being called a cease-fire, and U.S. forces will continue to carry out counterterrorism operations against groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
It remains to be seen if the Taliban can be trusted. Based on their past, they shouldn’t be. President Trump originally was hoping to reach a deal with them in September at a meeting held at Camp David. The meeting was canceled at the last minute because the Taliban acted in bad faith and killed an American. The meeting’s proximity to the anniversary of 9/11 was also a cause for concern.
Trump surprised the world when he tweeted about the secret meeting that he was set to have with the Taliban leadership at Camp David.
Then, he shocked the world again by canceling the meeting upon news that an attack in Kabul had killed an American serviceman and injured eleven others.
Trump tweeted, “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers, and 11 other people.”
As years have passed, the war has dragged on, and the objectives of became muddied. Military leaders couldn’t name the enemy we were fighting anymore, and people were tired of the bloodshed.
The Washington Post report proposed the same question: “Was al-Qaeda the enemy, or the Taliban? Was Pakistan a friend or an adversary? What about the Islamic State and the bewildering array of foreign jihadists, let alone the warlords on the CIA payroll? According to the documents, the U.S. government never settled on an answer.
As a result, in the field, U.S. troops often couldn’t tell friend from foe.”
But now, after nearly twenty years, the war may finally be coming to an end thanks to the efforts of President Trump.