November 29, 2019
When you hear “Trump surprises Afghanistan for Thanksgiving,” you might picture him sneaking up behind a Moslem and whacking him on the head with a shoe, like something out of a Looney Toons cartoon.
That would be the wrong picture.
In fact, he surprised his own soldiers, showing up in their dining hall and confusing them with strange words of confusion.
On a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Thursday, President Trump said that the United States has reopened peace talks with the Taliban – just three months after the president scuttled negotiations between Washington and the Afghan insurgents following a terror attack that killed 11 people, including one U.S. soldier.
Trump, who made his first trip to Afghanistan under a veil of secrecy for security reasons, told troops gathered at the Air Force base for Thanksgiving dinner that the Taliban “wants to make a deal very badly.”
“We’re going to stay until such time as we have a deal, or we have total victory, and they want to make to make a deal very badly,” Trump said. “The Taliban wants to make a deal — we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do, and if they don’t they don’t. That’s fine.”
The president also reaffirmed his commitment to bring the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan down to about 8,600 – from about 12,000 to 13,000.
“We’re bringing down the number of troops substantially,” he said.
Earlier in the day, however, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said no decisions had been made on troop reductions, but there were several options, including going down to 8,600.
This would certainly not be the first time that Trump announced a change in foreign policy, and the government was just like “yeah no, we’re not doing that.” It happens every month, at least. That anyone is able to look at that situation and then imagine that we live in a “democracy” in the sense that we vote for politicians and they do things we voted for speaks to the stupidity of the masses of people who vote in this democracy.
Still, I remember when George Bush said that the Taliban did 911. It was just a year or so before he said that Saddam Hussein did 911. So I guess accepting the fact that they are the rightful rulers of the country is a step in the right direction.
But why would we be negotiating with them? What is there to negotiate? These are literal goat-herding cave people.
What are their affairs to us?