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Trump’s Afghan policy: a deliberate miscalculation

How can Americans get defeated in Afghanistan, and how can Pakistan win the war against terror? This is something the superpower is not digesting. That’s why they are shifting blame of their own failures. But this is not the only thing. There are many more reasons. What did the Centcom see in Waziristan when DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor took him to personally watch how Pakistan Army cleared the areas which were previously occupied by the Haqqani network? Why did he praise Pakistan for its successes and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan army in the war against terror? Why didn’t he say anything that President Trump says now? Did he tell lie and submit a negative report in Washington?

Wasn’t Senator John McCain taken to North Waziristan Pakistan Army got cleared from the terrorists? At the end of his visit, the US Senator told media that he was satisfied with the successes Pakistan gained. He praised Pakistan’s role and sacrifices of its soldiers in the war against terror? Then what went wrong when he reached back Washington? Did he tell a lie with our press? Or, he told a lie to Trump administration?

Where have gone the superpower’s hi-tech detection and surveillance gadgets, satellite systems closely watching and monitoring the earth, areas of trouble, terrorists and their safe havens? Where is the intelligence sharing and information mechanism? Pakistan has operated, cleared areas and killed terrorists on the pinpointing of the Pentagon and the US Commanders in Afghanistan.

Then why Trump and Mattis and McMaster say there exist safe havens and America will go after them? Isn’t it duplicity and double game? In fact, the designs seem different. This is not Trump backing out of the election promise of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. This is a long-term policy based on grand agenda that is continuing since President Carter and continuing during Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations. This is not just face saving, but madness on part of the US that has not learnt lessons from history. Should Pakistan come up with an equal Kim Jong-style madness to respond to Trump’s diatribe? Or sanity should prevail upon the US government to listen to their own observers who suggest not to open another front of Afghan war directly involving Pakistan. While India is its collaborator, the consequences of such a blunder are likely to be disastrous.

F Z khan, "Trump’s Afghan policy: a deliberate miscalculation," Business Recorder. 2017-08-25.
Keywords: Political science , Terrorist , Haqqani network , Asif Ghafoor , Pakistan , Afghanistan , US , ISPR

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