This will come as news to:
- The Afghan government
- The US State Department
- The Taliban
- Anyone who’s name doesn’t rhyme with Ribald Rump
The sentiment is notable, and plays well to the pitchforks and torches crowd that seems to be running amok in international and foreign relations of late. I mean, it’s great that the World’s First Bipedal Orange is getting fired up about the Taliban. Shows some gumption that Obama never did.
Except that it’s not like these pronouncements are tied to a grasp of the situation. Notice I didn’t say “real” grasp, or “deep” grasp, which is probably something His Grabbiness has tried in his past. I mean any grasp.
Which is a bit of the bandwagon that says, “He’s just an idiot.” And that’s probably not wrong. But he’s an idiot being enabled by other people who have actual agendas. And he’s more than wiling to be swayed to their thinking.
Talking to the Taliban is the point of the whole war. However far away that objective seems. The Americans are working toward it. So’s Kabul. The only one who’s not is the one who’s still (allegedly) in charge.