There are problems that a president creates for himself and then there are problems that he inherits. One of the biggest issues President Donald Trump had passed onto him is the war in Afghanistan, which he inherited from former President Barack Obama, who was gifted it by former President George W. Bush.
While Trump has certainly surrounded himself with qualified generals and military powerhouses, it seems the leader of the free world has now — once again — been given advice by the very regime the United States ousted in 2001.
In a letter written by Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, the terrorist group called for Trump to pull out of Afghanistan.
The Taliban encouraged the president to use an “open heart” to understand “if you failed to win the Afghan war with professional U.S. and NATO troops, advanced technology, experienced military Generals, consecutive strategies and mighty economy, you shall never be able to win it with mercenaries, notorious contractor firms and immoral stooges.”
Mujahid wrote that if someone “understood” the “reality” of the country, they would see the Taliban as “mercy for Afghanistan” because it “does not have any intention or policy of causing harm to anyone.”
The letter implied that if the United States does not leave the Middle East, the Afghan Muslim nation would be forced to align itself with America’s enemies “in order to gain their independence and free themselves from your oppression,” which the Taliban considers to be a “grave mistake” on our part.
Mujahid claimed that “everyone” believes that the Afghanistan war is driven primarily by the hope of establishing a foreign occupation, which the Taliban asserted will prove unsuccessful based on how the country views its “invaders.”
“Here every Afghan views your soldiers as invaders and transgressors and even the soldiers who you spend a lot of treasure upon frequently open fire on your troops with the same weapon you have provided,” it said. “Here every parent teaches his offspring about emancipating his country from invaders. In a land where every child is raised with a spirit of vengeance and holds the historic honor of defeating three Empires (sic) before you, how will you achieve a stable condition for permanent presence?”
After a 16-year long war, the letter acknowledged that “warmongering congressmen and generals” are advocating for the continuation of the conflict but claimed the situation “is far worse than [Trump] realizes” and alleged that the military is “concealing the real statistics” of the war casualties.
The Taliban, which has carried out deadly car attacks, declared that Trump must “make a decision where history shall remember you as an advocate of peace.”
According to the BBC, Trump was supposed to make an announcement regarding his decision about whether to pull out of Afghanistan or send reinforcements by mid-July, but no such announcement has been made. However, NBC News reported that on Monday, Secretary of Defense General James Mattis said the president is “very, very close” to reaching a decision about the reviewed strategy.