The forgotten war….that is what Afghanistan has become. Americans hear very little about their longest war unless it is news that cannot be ignored.
What are the options that Afghanistan has when dealing with the Taleban?
There are not many options at all….below link has a couple to consider……
The Taliban has seen continuous conflict for over two decades now and despite its overthrow in 2001 by the United States and the 2013 death of its founder Mullah Omar, remains a potent force within Afghanistan. The Taliban is currently estimated to hold more territory than at any time since 2001.
Option #1: Enter negotiations with the Government of Afghanistan (GOA). Although announcing their intentions not to participate in peace talks, the Taliban, or factions within it, have previously indicated a willingness to engage in negotiations to achieve political goals. This is evidenced by their opening of a political office in Doha, Qatar and engagement in talks in 2014 among other events.
Everywhere think tanks are trying to make sense of Afghanistan and most offer papers on what the US needs to do to be successful in the country (if that is truly possible)…….
Just ducky….but there is another option that the US could take……
The generals asked President Trump for a surge of 5,000 troops for Afghanistan, America’s 16-year-long lost war. But the buck doesn’t stop at the Trump White House. Trump told the generals, “You decide.” The White House gave the go-ahead for another surge.
“Only” 5,000 troops, supposedly to help the peace process. Kill and bomb more people to encourage people to negotiate for peace. Do you believe it?
We Americans are persistent. But when it comes to wars, we exhibit perseveration, defined as “the inappropriate persistence or repetition of a thought or action.”
Me? I would pull a GW and declare “Mission Accomplished” and bring the troops home.
I would agree with the use of the UN if only there were not a group of five that control everything it does. If it were truly a body of “united nations” then maybe a real compromise or solution could be found….but we know that is not going to happen so….bring the guys and gals home and turn our backs to the landscape of Afghanistan.