- US President Donald Trump has refused the hasty removal of US troops from Afghanistan.
- He said that removal of troops would provide more space for terrorism to flourish as it did in Iraq.
- In his speech, he has clearly defined the America’s core interests in Afghanistan.
Washington D.C. [USA], August 22, 2017: US president Donald Trump eliminated the proposal of rapid removal of US troops from Afghanistan. He Said, “A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists, including ISIS and Al Qaeda.” The vacuum would provide a safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit and launch attacks.
“We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq”, said Trump.
Donald Trump had studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle. After many meetings, over many months, the final meeting was held last Friday at Camp David with his cabinet and generals to complete the strategy.
“I arrived at three fundamental conclusions about America’s core interests in Afghanistan”, said Trump.
“First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives,” he said.
“Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists”, he said.
“Third, and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world” he said.
While announcing the new statergy, Donald Trump said,”A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military options.”
“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out”,he further added.
“The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan“, said Trump.
Though, Trump appreciated the time when both America and Pakistan worked against common enemies. “We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices”, he said. At the same time, he slammed Pakistan for sheltering the same organization that tries every single day to kill Americans and people around the world.
” We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond“, said Trump.
“Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America. And we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world, for that matter”, he added.
As a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways.
“We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists” said Trump.
“America will continue its support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field. Afghanistan is fighting to defend and secure their country against the same enemies who threaten us. The stronger the Afghan security forces become, the less we will have to do. Afghans will secure and build their own nation and define their own future. We want them to succeed”, he added.
He said that it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society and to achieve an everlasting peace. America is a partner and a friend, but it will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live or how to govern their own complex society.
“But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests”, said Trump.
“Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India, the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States,” said Trump.
” We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region”, he added.
“Our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check“, said Trump.
America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress. However, the government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political, and economic burden.
US President Donald Trump said that my administration will ensure that the brave defenders of the American people, will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work, and work effectively, and work quickly.
“I have already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our war fighters that prevented the secretary of defense and our commanders in the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy”, he said.
“Micromanagement from Washington, D.C., does not win battles. They’re won in the field, drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders, and front-line soldiers, acting in real time with real authority, and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy”, US President Donald Trump added.
“From now on, victory will have a clear definition. Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge”, he said.
“We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward. Military power alone will not bring peace to Afghanistan or stop the terrorist threat arising in that country. But strategically applied force aims to create the conditions for a political process to achieve a lasting peace”, he added.
At the end, while addressing the people of the United States of America, Trump said, “With our resolve, we will ensure that your service and that your families will bring about the defeat of our enemies and the arrival of peace. We will push onward to victory with power in our hearts, courage in our souls, and everlasting pride in each and every one of you”.
-prepared by Shivani Chowdhary of Newsgram. Twitter @cshivani31