Congress: Back Direct U.S. Talks with the Taliban to End the War in Afghanistan
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On July 15, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration has told its top diplomats to pursue direct talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. The Times said the shift stems from a realization by U.S. and Afghan officials that the administration’s Afghanistan strategy is not making a fundamental difference in rolling back Taliban gains and from recognition that people in the United States and in Afghanistan are tired of the war.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that there would be no precondition for talks and that everything would be on the table for discussion, including the removal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan.
The Times reported that unlike previous diplomatic efforts to end the war, the U.S. military is now fully on board, noting that Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was instrumental in initiating a recent cease-fire.
Past efforts to end the war in Afghanistan through diplomacy have been undermined by opportunistic political opposition in Washington. Those who wish to prolong the 17-year-war will now likely oppose direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end the war. Those who want to end the war must speak up now for direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end the war, because that is the only way the war will end.
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