President Donald Trump has finally revealed why he gave the pillory utterance concerning the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Trump on Monday at a military base outside Washington disclosed without going into details a “condition-based approach” on how to deal with terrorism in Afghanistan. He said that his goal is to stop the re-emergence of safe havens for terrorists to threaten America and make sure they do not get their hands on nuclear weapons.
“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists they are fighting. But that will have to change and that will change immediately,” Trump vowed.
After the president’s speech, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement saying: “We stand ready to support peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban without preconditions. We look to the international community, particularly Afghanistan’s neighbors, to join us in supporting an Afghan peace process.”
However, Trumps means of achieving ‘terrorism free’ Afghanistan has been criticized by Moira Whelan, a partner of BlueDot Strategies and former senior State Department official.
“Trump repealed his original Afghanistan position, but he failed to replace it with something that will make America safer,” she said.