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Trump preps Afghan war for sale to India

28 Agosto 2017, 06:42 | Bibiana Flor

Pakistan, of course, insists it already has done that and vehemently denies extending any assistance to the Taliban.

Pakistan has also struggled to combat other forms of extremism.

His ideal buyer is not a mercenary band, though he was pitched and considered the idea. "That will have to change and that will change immediately". A truly violent, bull in the china shop definition, and an old, if slightly scoured one that will keep US boots in Afghanistan for a generation.

Trump's speech shows a lack of understanding about the nature of the Afghanistan conflict, and offers a dangerous recipe for increased civilian harm. The Trump strategy instead is to make sure Afghanistan doesn't further devolve while he looks to hand off the problem to someone else.

Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to follow the White House U-turn on ending 'the good war' in Central Asia, after Trump reneged on his election pledge to pull the army out.

"The only way we can defeat an enemy that is as nimble and as cagey, tactically, as this enemy is, we have to be as cagey and tactical as they are", Tillerson said.

That approach became increasingly problematic as the U.S. waged its war on terror.

"We will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society", he said. "Pakistan shall do whatever is best in the national interest". Indeed, it's where the U.S. tracked bin Laden down and killed him.

But in reality, the U.S. will still be participating in what most Americans would consider "nation-building".

The president did not lay out any clear markers or guideposts that might conceivable trigger the removal of American troops from Afghanistan. The remark by Samuel Beckett in The Unnamable comes to mind: "I can't go on".

Pakistan, however, was also part of the deal. Pakistan has refused U.S. demands to release the man.

Fighting his instincts, reneging on campaign promises, and disregarding his anti-globalist advisers, President Trump told America he changed his mind about Afghanistan. The Afghan conflict is America's longest war in history with no end in sight even after 16 years.

Kabul and Islamabad routinely accuse each other of turning a blind eye to Islamic militants operating along their porous border, and relations plunge with every deadly attack.

US officials have said Trump has given Mattis authority to send about 4,000 additional troops to add to the roughly 8,400 already in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's help in bringing long-lasting stability to Afghanistan cannot be overlooked.

Trump intends to ratchet up pressure on Pakistan, for example. "It will be driven by conditions on the ground".

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