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    Thumbs up Secretary of State Pompeo Declines to Sign Afghan Peace Deal

    This if confirmed would mean that Iran, a major threat to our closest ally Israel, would remain surrounded by US bases on both sides of its boders.
    This would be latest big win for the only non-racist democracy in mideast in a string of GOP-Adelson's globalist policy wins across the globe. America-First MAGA's bold foresight in appointing strong leaders like Pompeo, Bolton is becoming evident again.






    Exclusive: Secretary of State Pompeo Declines to Sign Risky Afghan Peace Deal

    By Kimberly Dozier September 4, 2019

    The U.S. is closing in on a deal with the Taliban that is designed to wind down America’s 18-year war in Afghanistan, but the best indication of how risky the pact may be is this: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is declining to sign it, according to senior U.S., Afghan and European officials.
    The “agreement in principle” that U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has hammered out in nine rounds of talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar would take the first tentative steps toward peace since U.S. and allied forces deployed to Afghanistan following the attacks on 9/11, according to senior Afghan and Trump Administration officials familiar with its general terms. Defense Secretary Mark Esper was scheduled to discuss the closely held details of the deal with President Donald Trump in a Sept. 3 meeting, according to senior administration officials. If Trump approves and a deal is struck, it could begin a withdrawal of some 5,400 U.S. troops, roughly a third of the present force, from five bases within 135 days.
    But the deal doesn’t ensure several crucial things, those familiar with the discussions tell TIME. It doesn’t guarantee the continued presence of U.S. counterterrorism forces to battle al Qaeda, the survival of the pro-U.S. government in Kabul, or even an end to the fighting in Afghanistan

    https://time.com/5668034/pompeo-afghanistan-peace-deal/




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    It won't stop the deal, Trump will approve it anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    It won't stop the deal, Trump will approve it anyway.
    Ok, if you say so.
    Hopefully this prediction won't be like "MAGA won't fold" over gov shutdown for $25B border wall funding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    It won't stop the deal, Trump will approve it anyway.
    He didn't.

    You make some claims about future with such certitude, on what basis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post
    He didn't.
    It wasn't because of Pompeo.

    And It's not over yet:

    The United States and Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday both left the door open to fresh talks after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a secret summit, but the insurgents threatened to inflict greater costs.Washington also said it would not relent in fighting the militants after Trump blamed the scuttling of the unprecedented meeting on a Taliban attack that killed a US soldier.
    Trump said he had invited Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for talks Sunday at the Camp David presidential retreat on a draft deal that would see the United States withdraw thousands of troops and wind down its longest-ever war.
    In a series of television interviews, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not rule out a return to talks but said the United States needed a "significant commitment" from the Taliban.
    "I'm not pessimistic," Pompeo told NBC. "I've watched the Taliban do things and say things they've not been permitted to do before."
    "I hope it's the case the Taliban will change their behavior, will recommit to the things that we've been talking to them about for months," he said on ABC.
    "In the end, this will be resolved through a series of conversations,"
    he added, urging the Taliban to drop their long-running refusal to negotiate with Ghani's internationally recognized government.
    He said that Trump had not decided whether to go ahead with a withdrawal, which under the draft deal would pull 5,000 of the roughly 13,000 US troops from Afghanistan next year.

    But Pompeo warned that the United States was "not going to reduce the pressure" on the Taliban, saying US forces had killed more than 1,000 insurgents in the past 10 days alone.


    Veteran US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad had spent a year meeting with the Taliban, who said that Trump showed "neither experience nor patience."
    "Americans will be harmed more than any other" by Trump's decision, warned a statement by the group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
    But he added that the Taliban still believed "that the American side will come back to this position" of talks that seek "the complete end of the occupation."
    The office of Ghani, whose government is rejected by the Taliban as illegitimate, cautiously saluted the "sincere efforts of its allies" after Trump called off the summit.
    The Afghan presidency in a statement also insisted that "real peace can only be achieved if the Taliban stop killing Afghans and accept a ceasefire, and face-to-face talks with the Afghan government."


    Islamabad, meanwhile, urged both sides to "re-engage to find (a) negotiated peace from the ongoing political settlement process."
    "Pakistan looks for optimized engagement following (the) earliest resumption of talks," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/us-taliban-ke...152405240.html

    Trump will pull us out one way or another.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment



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