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Stan Laurel used to say, " that's another fine mess you get me into, Ollie".
The modern version of Oliver Hardy is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whose current ideas could get a LOT of people (mostly the people of Afghanistan) into a lot of trouble.
Although he was a hawk when he was congressman from Kansas, he has now going completely the other direction. He is advocating pulling ALL of our troops out of the country by October, 2020 (conveniently, a month before the election).
The basic outline is this: a complete withdrawal of America’s 14,000 troops from Afghanistan within 14 months — that is, by October 2020 — in exchange for a promise from the Taliban not to attack our forces on the way out, along with some kind of vague assurance from them that Afghanistan will not again become a base for global terrorism. A source familiar with the deal says there is no explicit requirement for the Taliban to renounce its ties to Al Qaeda.
Critics of his plan should be dismayed by the idea that we are doing so in plain indifference to Afghanistan’s government, which wasn’t invited to the talks because the Taliban won’t deign to speak to what it considers a puppet government.