Troop Withdrawals to Commence After Trump Cuts Deal With the Taliban
After negotiating a new deal with the Taliban on Thursday August 1, 2019, the Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan based on a report from The Hill.
According to a The Washington Post report, which cited numbers from U.S. officials, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be cut back to between 8,000 and 9,000 from the current number of 14,000.
On the Taliban side, they would reportedly have to begin the negotiating process with the Afghan government to bring the peace to the war-torn area. This deal entails a cease-fire and the Taliban renouncing al-Qaeda.
According to the Post, this proposal is the product of months of talks between the Taliban and Zalmay Khalilzad, an American diplomat born in Afghanistan.
Officials are speculating that an agreement could be finalized right before Afghanistan’s September elections. Nevertheless, they did concede that there are still challenges ahead.
One official told the Post, “I would say that they are 80 or 90 percent of the way there.”
The same official added, “But there is still a long way to go on that last 10 or 20 percent.”
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid did not respond to the Post’s request for comment about a potential deal. He also stated that he didn’t know when the negotiations would continue.
Mujahid declared “We are hopeful. Things look promising that there will be a breakthrough. We hope there won’t be any obstacle, but it also depends on the seriousness of the Americans.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, Khalizad said that his recent visit to Afghanistan was his “most productive.” He stated that “if the Taliban do their part, we will do ours, and conclude the agreement we have been working on.”
However, there might be roadblocks in this withdrawal process.
In a statement to The Hill, Defense Department spokesperson Rebecca Rebarich said that the department had not been instructed to withdraw forces.
“Our strategy in Afghanistan is conditions-based,” Rebarich declared. “Our troops will remain in Afghanistan at appropriate levels so long as their presence is required to safeguard U.S. interests.”
Similarly, a State Department spokesperson told The Hill that any agreement will be conditions-based and that the administration is seeking to reach a peace agreement, not so much a withdrawal agreement.
Additionally, the spokesperson said that any reduction in forces or withdrawal will also have to meet certain conditions.
At first glance, this looks like a positive development.
However, the hesitance on this matter just demonstrates how there are greater forces in Washington D.C. that will try to roadblock President Trump’s America First agenda.
Nevertheless, Trump should stand strong.
He is the commander-in-chief after all, and he ultimately has the final say on military matters.
With the public growing tired of the never-ending wars, it’s time that Trump carry out the will of the people and put an end to these disastrous regime change campaigns.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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