Just a few hours after President Trump ended a phone call to the Taliban leader questioning him about their defiance on keeping the peace in Afghanistan, President Trump ordered an airstrike on the militant group for attacking Afghan forces. The airstrike occurred during the Taliban’s move in the Helmand province. Sometimes alternate measures have to be taken when dealing with groups of people who don’t listen and follow instructions.
Sonny Leggett, who is the spokesman for the US military, confirmed on Twitter Wednesday morning the airstrikes. He was calling for the Taliban to end the “needless” attacks. The post read, “To be clear, we are committed to peace. Afghans and the U.S. had complied with the recently-signed agreement, while the Taliban appear intent on squandering this opportunity and ignoring the will of the people for peace.”
President Trump told reporters about the phone conversation he had with the Taliban leader as he was leaving the White House. He said, “We had a good conversation. We’ve agreed there’s no violence, we don’t want violence, we’ll see what happens, they’re dealing with Afghanistan, but we’ll see what happens.”
Trump also told reporters the phone call was to recap the commitments agreed to by the Taliban to reduce the violence. The United States invaded Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001, and this was the first time the Taliban leader and an American President spoke since the day of the invasion.
When the US stepped foot in Afghanistan, they pushed for the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden. The Taliban had the stronghold on Afghanistan but did not comply with America’s demands. Bin Laden fled to Pakistan, where he was killed by American forces in 2011.
We have been involved in this war for 19 years, and President Trump was the first to call for peace and exit strategies since President George W. Bush. Sadly, America should have had a better leader within those times, but we now have a leader who is calling for peace across the world and working to make it stick.
American officials were skeptical about the Taliban reducing or even ending the violence. Before President Trump made the phone call, they were preparing to retaliate from the Taliban’s attacks. The military personnel in charge will assess the increase or decrease of violence and will make the judgments accordingly.
Tuesday, it was reported there were 43 attacks conducted by the Taliban. Wednesday morning, the attacks continued until the US military stepped in and performed a successful airstrike on the Taliban.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the Taliban leader who signed the peace agreement and spoke with President Trump over the phone. Trump encouraged the Taliban leader to continue talking with the Afghanistan government to work on reducing, not increasing violence.
After the phone call conversation, the Taliban released a statement saying Trump told them, “Afghans are tough people who have a great country, and I understand that you are fighting for your homeland. The Taliban said they “foresee positive bilateral relations with the US and other nations.”
There are several things we can say that is special about President Trump, but one thing is for sure, he is not afraid to talk to world leaders to bring about peace. Sometimes peace has to come with an attack such as the recent airstrike, but it got everyone’s attention.
President Trump also calmed the storms that have been raging between America and North Korea when he did what no other American President would dare do when he met face to face with Kim Jong Un on North Korean soil. He seems to have a nack when it comes to negotiating. Of course, he is a businessman, not a politician. That is what businessmen do best.
Other leaders like Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are other leaders Trump has tamed to keep the peace. Trump also told reporters in the White House he will meet face to face with the Taliban leaders “in the not-too-distant future.”
Trump added, “I really believe the Taliban wants to do something to show that we’re not all wasting time. If bad things happen, we’ll go back.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, “The agreement in Doha is the best opportunity for peace in a generation.” It was the biggest step in the right direction that no one else took. That speaks volumes about a President who is a peacekeeper and a true man of his word.