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‘Who Thought This Was A Good Idea’? Taliban Says More Americans Will Die After Trump Cancels Dinner Date

"Losses to lives and assets will increase".

The Taliban had a pretty clear message for Donald Trump following the US president’s rather shocking public disclosure of planned negotiations at Camp David over the weekend.

That message: Calling off peace talks will invariably result in more American casualties.

“This will lead to more losses to the US”, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, adding that America’s “credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase”.

Read more: #TalibanTrump Roasted On Twitter After Revealing Bungled Camp David Talks

Apparently, somebody forgot to tell the Taliban that after nearly three years of Trump, America’s “credibility” cannot really be “affected”, because the US has no credibility left. Maybe that’s another “genius” move by the US president.

Mike Pompeo made the TV rounds on Sunday to explain what, exactly, Trump was thinking in inviting the Taliban to Camp David three days before the anniversary of 9/11.

“Who though it was a good idea for the President of the United States to meet with Taliban leaders who have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands just three days before 9/11”, an incredulous Chris Wallace asked.


“Trump ultimately made the decision”, Pompeo responded. “He said, ‘I want to talk to Ashraf Ghani [and] I want to talk to these Taliban negotiators”.

Trump was confident in his ability to discern something about the group’s true motives. “I want to look them in the eye”, Pompeo went on to recount, detailing what Trump purportedly said in the course of asking the Pentagon and State to invite the Taliban to the US. “I want to see if we can get to the final outcome we needed”.

Suffice to say the “final outcome” of this boondoggle will now be more death and more fighting, something Pompeo seemed to realize.

“The president hasn’t yet made a decision on that”, he told ABC, when queried on whether these latest developments mean the US will not be drawing down the 14,000 troops still operating in Afghanistan.

Liz Cheney was not amused with any of this. “Camp David is where America’s leaders met to plan our response after al-Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11”, she said over the weekend. “No member of the Taliban should set foot there. Ever”.


6 comments on “‘Who Thought This Was A Good Idea’? Taliban Says More Americans Will Die After Trump Cancels Dinner Date

  1. Harvey Cotton

    Oh! Three days before a meaningless anniversary? Would it be okay eighteen days after? Fifty days before? And what happens while we have perpetual war? More Americans will die. What a stupid insipid comment. Of course you negotiate with the Taliban. If you cannot win the war, you use diplomacy. If you are fighting a war, you are negotiating with people killing your people. You don’t negotiate the end of wars with people not killing your people.

    • the anniversary matters in this case – obviously. in the same way that Trump shouldn’t tweet new tariffs on a Sunday evening in the US when FX liquidity is hopelessly thin and Asia hasn’t gotten going yet. in both cases, you have to be aware of the extent to which timing might serve as gasoline on the proverbial fire. so, yeah, 18 days after would be preferable. if you were getting a divorce, would you deliberately time it to coincide with your six-year-old’s birthday and then say “well, that’s a meaningless date after all”.

      • Harvey Cotton

        Ending a war on September 12, or September 30th, is the EXACT equivalent of ending World War I on the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. You end wars as soon as you can to save lives. Those lives are more important than the most important calendar dates.

  2. PaulMiller

    I’m with you, Harvey

    Besides, the Taliban wasn’t responsible for the 9/11 catastrophe. Too often, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Iranians, Syrians, Palestinians, and fundamentalist Muslims are considered one-in-the-same, and the “kill them all, and let God sort it out” attitude prevails among us westerners.

  3. It is simply an academic exercise discussing that entire story. Makes me wonder why I wrote that comment…..How about you ??

  4. The trouble is in thinking ANY agreement with the Taliban, Al Qaeda, etc. will be upheld and lead to a stop in the fighting and terrorism. I can see Trump holding a meeting with them and seeing which one tells the most lies. Can’t believe a word either says. Period.

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