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Trump says ‘looking forward’ to meeting with new Pakistan leadership ‘very soon’

Donald Trump Trump Gives Weird History Lesson on Afghanistan and Russia
Patty Aguilar | 05 January, 2019, 13:34

I don't know who's using it in Afghanistan but... Trump may also feel tempted to delegate the responsibility of Afghan security to Pakistan, which would undeniably be the worst possible outcome for India. Diplomacy has worked in bringing conflicts to end but to win the war in Afghanistan US must identify the enemy and more importantly give ownership of the peace talks to Afghan government.

In his first cabinet meeting in the new year on Wednesday, Trump asked India, Russia, Pakistan and other neighbouring countries to take responsibility for Afghanistan's security as he defended his push for the U.S. to invest less overseas. Therefore, Trump said in a snide remark that it is for India and Russian Federation to do the fighting in Afghanistan.

Additionally, the WSJ editors called out Trump for ridiculing the assistance that multiple American allies have offered to the United States in prosecuting the war in Afghanistan over the years. "You know, a lot of these places you're reading about now are no longer part of Russian Federation, because of Afghanistan". The American mantra has been that India was rendering invaluable help to Afghanistan. Part of the reason why he summarily put Modi on the mat could have been that Trump also realizes the great urgency of extracting Pakistan's cooperation in the Afghan endgame. Trump's impulses are going to dictate America's "drawdown" rather than the strategic realities of Afghanistan.

Trump brought up India's aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the United States to invest less overseas.

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Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani made similar remarks, writing on Twitter that the "Soviet occupation was a grave violation of Afghanistan's territorial integrity" and national sovereignty. "And we're supposed to say, 'Oh thank you for the library.' I don't know who's using it, in Afghanistan". "Those that fail to learn from the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it; hopefully you are smart enough not to make the same mistake when it comes to abandoning [Afghanistan]". I said okay, but so far we're getting nothing.

India on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump's remarks belittling its contributions to reconstruction in Afghanistan, indicating it was committed to long-term developmental aid in the war-torn country though it would not send in troops to fight the Taliban.

The United States actually took the side of Afghans fighting against Soviet forces, providing them with shoulder-fired rockets that allowed them to shoot down Soviet helicopters and planes. The Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, the same year that the Berlin Wall fell. "You know, a lot these places you're reading about now are no longer a part of Russian Federation because of Afghanistan". But he's constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has always been frustrated with Pakistan's persistent acquiescence to safe havens for the Afghan Taliban and its vicious Haqqani branch in Pakistan (both of which benefit more from miss-governance in Afghanistan, but Pakistan's aid helps a lot). I said, 'Let them fight. Just like his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump has unsuccessfully tried to co-opt Pakistan's military generals to terminate America's engagement in Afghanistan. He gets 50 (per cent), and they think we're doing - like they're doing us a favour.

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