Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban is Vietnam all over again: Abandoning an ally and leaving the country’s people to a brutal regime hostile to the United States.
Crocker writes in the Washington Post:
Now the United States is negotiating directly with the Taliban. A framework agreement was announced on Monday calling for a cease-fire that could lead to the full withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Taliban would commit to not harboring terrorist organizations that could threaten U.S. security. In other words, the Taliban promised no 9/11 replay.
The framework was reached without the involvement of the Afghan government. The Taliban has said all along that it refuses to negotiate with the government, considering the government the illegitimate puppet of the U.S. occupation. By acceding to this Taliban demand, we have ourselves delegitimized the government we claim to support.
This current process bears an unfortunate resemblance to the Paris peace talks during the Vietnam War. Then, as now, it was clear that by going to the table we were surrendering; we were just negotiating the terms of our surrender. The Taliban will offer any number of commitments, knowing that when we are gone and the Taliban is back, we will have no means of enforcing any of them.
Remember what happened when Obama withdrew from Iraq? We got ISIS. We’ll get ISIS again, or something like it, if we let the Taliban take Afghanistan again.
It will be the same situation as existed before 2001. What a waste, and how dangerous.