If This is Real, a Path for Change has Finally Opened.
ALL US TROOPS ARE LEAVING AFGHANISTAN
U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. | Hussein Sayed/AP Photo
The American People need to see that something is "possible" before they will support change. Let's hope more headlines like this will do the trick.
According to Politico:
President Donald Trump said of the peace negotiations at a press conference at the White House on Saturday afternoon that "we think they will be successful in the end," adding, "I'll be meeting personally with Taliban leaders in the not too distant future."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quick to chime in with his ugly Neocon trash-speak: In Doha, Pompeo remarked that the Taliban’s compliance with a seven-day reduction in violence that paved the way for the accord. But he cautioned that an enduring peace is contingent on the militant group fulfilling its promise to cut ties with al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and sit down for intra-Afghan talks with Kabul's government.
“This agreement will mean nothing, and today’s good feelings will not last, if we don’t take concrete actions on commitments and promises that have been made,” Pompeo said. “I know there will be a temptation to declare victory. But victory — victory for Afghans — will only be achieved when they can live in peace and prosper.”
Pompeo spewed his parting weasel words, warning the Taliban, in particular, to These hollow weasel words have been mouthed by US Presidents and their obsequious officials for nearly twenty nauseating years, in order to silence Leftist Progressives, who trapped themselves inside the subversive Democratic Party. To the ever lasting shame of the Progressives, it worked perfectly.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper traveled to Kabul on Saturday to appear beside Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for a joint declaration.
At the height of the war, more than 100,000 American troops were deployed to Afghanistan. An astonishing percentage of these soldiers have committed suicide at the rate of one suicide every hour for many, many years. This suicide rate for formerly-deployed soldiers is ongoing right now.
According to Wikipedia — As of July 7, 2018, there have been 2,440 U.S. military deaths in the War in Afghanistan. 1,856 of these deaths have been the result of hostile action. 20,320 American servicemembers have also been wounded in action during the war. In addition, there were 1,720 U.S. civilian contractor fatalities.
Google has scrubbed and shuffled its search results, making it very difficult today to determine the current number of US military and their mercenaries who have died for absolutely nothing in Afghanistan.
More will die pointless deaths while the US tries to slink away from its war crimes, and Afghanistan returns to what it was before the US attacks began. Let us hope this sneaky Saturday announcement is real.
O Happy Day.
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