President Donald Trump was furious to learn that one of our soldiers was killed in a suicide bombing on Thursday. There was supposed to be a cease fire in effect. 34-year-old Army Sergeant 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz died in Kabul, Afghanistan.
President Trump took immediate action and canceled a secret Camp David meeting. Quietly, behind the scenes, the administration was all set to finalize a deal. A significant number of American troops were to be called home from Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban had agreed to stop the violence.
The Islamic fundamentalists thought they could get away with lip service and keeping their fingers crossed behind their back, the way they handled Barack Obama. Over the weekend, they learned just how wrong they were.
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..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
The Taliban can’t be trusted to start with, and President Trump pointed out that the attack proved they were already breaking their word before they even signed the deal. He wasn’t about to take that kind of a slap in the face without responding. He pulled the plug.
“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,” the President Tweeted. “They were coming to the United States tonight.”
Last week, everyone on both sides thought they had an agreement. Under the deal, “several” bases would be closed, allowing the withdrawal of 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan over about five months. The Taliban promised not to let militants use Afghanistan “to plan attacks on the U.S. or its allies.”
Then, they cut their own throat. “Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people.”
President Trump isn’t going to put up with those kinds of tactics at the negotiating table. “I immediately canceled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse!”
As the President explained, “If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”
As long as it takes, Taliban leaders answered back. When their tactic blew up in their face, and they were exposed as total liars, they went back to chanting death to America. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, warns that “losses to lives and assets will increase.”
One senior Taliban source relates, “we were invited to Camp David but refused to go. The US wanted us to announce a nationwide ceasefire but again we refused. It is not possible for us. We will fight. We have fought for 18 years and we will fight for a hundred years. We will continue our jihad. They will have to pay a price.”
“Afghan peace talks are dead for the time being,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirms. Washington will not pull troops out of the region until the Taliban can “follow through on any significant commitments.” We have recalled our special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad.
Pompeo vows not to give them a moment’s peace until they get serious about a surrender. “If the Taliban don’t behave, if they don’t deliver on the commitments that they’ve made to us now for weeks, and in some cases months, the President is not going to reduce the pressure,” he told CNN.
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