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Agreement Signed With Taliban. All Troops To Leave If Conditions Met

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On Saturday, a historic agreement between the United States and the Taliban was signed in an effort to end the over 18 years of war in Afghanistan. According to the agreement, all of the US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan over the next 14 months. In exchange, the United States received a pledge to discuss a long-term cease-fire. It will also take measures to prevent terrorist groups from using Afghanistan as a safe haven.

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The move has been met with differing opinions. While the Taliban has been an issue for over 18 years, an effective removal is welcome to most Americans. Some were not so sure of the pact, however.

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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich said the move was a gamble. I do agree with his statement that after 18 years, a different approach seems necessary.

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President Trump has made no secret that he favors keeping our troops at home. He is not quick to jump to action, as was evidenced in Iran. He is not a total isolationist either. He will make moves as he sees the possibility of benefit. This is a big change from the type of leadership we have had over the past couple of decades in our country.

Trump had described a deal that the Taliban wanted late last year. The deal was met with much scrutiny from the left. I expect much more scrutiny over the weekend. Former advisor John Bolton was quick to scrutinize the deal on Saturday. He says that the deal is an Obama style deal, an obvious slam to his former boss President Trump. Bolton was a vocal advocate of action, rather than deals during his time in the White House. Trump has proven he was right on Iran, much to Bolton’s dismay so I don’t believe his opinion holds much weight here.

It is still to be seen if the Taliban honors their commitment. They are not the most honest and upstanding people. Yet, the move does signify that they are potentially unhappy with the continued unrest in the region. There is a lot of risk in this move, however. The last thing we need is to remove our troops and the area fall back under racial rule. We do not need another Syria. Time will tell if this is a great move or not.

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