Less than a month before the election, U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt vow to bring home troops from Afghanistan by year-end is a sign of how he may feel increasingly unchained to push through a foreign policy "wish list" he hopes could appeal...
Laurel MillerCavalier pseudo-edicts about US troop deployments, especially those in coalitions with allies, have consequences. My comment to @Reuters: "This is once again taking a sledgehammer to U.S. credibility around the world”.
A dangerous asymmetry lies at the heart of the Afghan peace deal.
Laurel MillerDavid Petraeus in @ForeignAffairs argues #Afghanistan is "a problem that will require the perpetual military management of the United States." He rightly points out many of the challenges of implementing the US-#Taliban agreement, but . . .1/7
The U.S. government will initiate a review of the scope of our cooperation with Afghanistan. Among other steps, we are today announcing a responsible adjustment to our spending in Afghanistan and immediately reducing assistance by $1 billion this...
Laurel MillerStatement says: “The United States is not abandoning our partnership with Afghanistan.” Statement means: US no longer sees Afghan political leaders acting as partners and therefore US is preparing to disengage. Leaves the door slightly open.
After 14 months, the United States would be left without any military or counterterrorism capacity in Afghanistan, effectively subcontracting America’s security to the Taliban.
Laurel MillerThere is a fundamental internal contradiction in this piece by @AmbassadorRice. She says only a settlement between the Afghan govt and Taliban can end the war and then argues for a condition - keeping some US mil forces in Afghanistan - that would . . .
Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan Between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Which Is Not Recognized by the United States as a State and Is Known as the Taliban and the United States of America Joint Declaration Between the Islamic...
Laurel MillerTHREAD on what's new in US-#Taliban deal signed today and in US-Islamic Republic of Afghanistan "Joint Declaration," and analysis of who got what. (Plus link to full texts.) 1/19