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    Re: Trump says he canceled secret Camp David meeting with Taliban leaders

    Quote Originally Posted by Evilroddy View Post
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    That is where the Byzantine politics comes into play. You bribe receptive Afghan tribal leaders to arrest and turn over or kill AQ, ISIL or other extremist militants for bounties paid by the West and you warn of, and follow through on, a policy of very harsh military reprisals against Afghanistan or uncooperative regions for any terrorist attack that emerges in part or in whole from any Afghan territory. You offer lucrative agricultural, mineral and industrial deals to Afghan tribes and governments who will actively suppress terrorist organisations and poppy growing/opium production and thus gradually improve conditions on the ground so that the the future leaders of Afghanistan will have a real stake in preventing reprisal raids from periodically destroying that progress.

    Gradually through diplomatic engagement, preferential trade agreements and judicious use of reprisals against uncooperative factions you groom a more prosperous and reliable Afghanistan, until it is ready to rejoin the community of nations as a functional nation-state. It's a very long-term, pan-generational project which will slowly yield real and more enduring results if managed carefully and consistently over decades by the US State Department.

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    A "scorched earth" reprisal methodology didn't work for the Russians. I doubt it would work today.

    Since Trump will be pulling US troops out of the country, where are these reprisals originating?


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    Re: Trump says he canceled secret Camp David meeting with Taliban leaders

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    A "scorched earth" reprisal methodology didn't work for the Russians. I doubt it would work today.

    Since Trump will be pulling US troops out of the country, where are these reprisals originating?
    Rogue Valley:

    From aircraft carriers, from subs armed with cruise missiles, from strategic bombers launched from Diego Garcia and other locations and from black sites arranged quietly from countries like Uzbekistan and Khazakstan.

    Not a scorched earth policy but a deliberate and targeted set of repeating strikes against targets owned by influential Afghans who oppose American demands to suppress terrorism effectively.

    Where there's a will there's a way.

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    Re: Trump says he canceled secret Camp David meeting with Taliban leaders

    And if nations refuse to be a party to such retributions? Trump is not exactly a beloved figure on the world stage.



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