After trying to scuttle the troop withdrawal deal agreed to under former President Trump, in order to continue the decades long war in Afghanistan, Joe Biden just got thoroughly humiliated in a way that is bad for him, and bad for our country.
Rather than honoring the agreement negotiated under former President Trump, Joe Biden is trying to scrap that deal and force a power sharing deal with the Taliban on the current Afghan president but he, for better or worse, is having none of it.
Reuters has more:
“Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will propose a new presidential election within six months, under a peace plan he will put forward as a counter-offer to a U.S. proposal that he rejects, two senior government officials told Reuters.
Ghani will unveil his proposal at an international gathering in Turkey next month, signaling his refusal to accept Washington’s plan for his elected government to be replaced by an interim administration, the officials said.
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Washington, which agreed last year to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by May 1 after nearly two decades, is pressing for a peace deal to end war between the government and the Taliban. Talks between the Afghan sides in Qatar have stalled.
U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been circulating a proposal which would replace the Kabul government with an interim administration. But Ghani has voiced vehement opposition to any solution that requires his government to step aside for unelected successors.
“The counterproposal which we are going to present at the Istanbul meeting would be to call for early presidential elections if the Taliban agree on a ceasefire,” one senior government official said on condition of anonymity.
Another Afghan government official said: “The president would never agree to step aside and any future government should be formed through democratic process, not a political deal.”
A third senior official also said Ghani’s proposal would include possible early elections, although he did not specify the exact time frame for the vote. The third official said Ghani had already shared his road map with Khalilzad.
Peace negotiations between the Afghan government and insurgent Taliban in Qatar’s capital Doha have made little progress, while violence has increased.
The Taliban — fighting the foreign-backed government since being ousted from power by Afghan opponents and U.S. air strikes in late 2001 — have so far rejected a ceasefire and said they would not directly join an interim government.
Ghani was sworn in as president for a second five-year term in March last year after a disputed presidential election.
The new U.S. administration led by President Joe Biden is reviewing its plans before May 1, the deadline agreed last year under the Donald Trump administration for the last 2,500 U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan. Biden told broadcaster ABC last week that it would be “tough” to meet the deadline.
The Taliban say there will be consequences if the United States does not meet the deadline to pull out.”
This is a blow to Joe Biden’s hopes for the region. Maybe after two decades it’s time to bring our troops home and let the Afghani’s settle it among themselves.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org