The US regime has begun withdrawing combat troops from Afghanistan, initiating a process set forth in a peace agreement signed with the Taliban on February 29 which, if implemented, would see the number of forces in the country cut from about 13,000 to 8,600 over the next four and a half months.
What President Trump is doing in Afghanistan is gearing up to become the same deal as when President Nixon referred to the peace accords ending the bloody Vietnam War.
If the conditions for total withdrawal are met, the rest of the US and NATO troops will also be removed from Afghan soil over the course of a 14-month period. Both issues are on the shiny label and reversing the sobering reality.
Once the US presence is reduced to the 8,600 level, there will be a pause while the overall progress of the peace agreement is evaluated.
The standards used to evaluate compliance remain sketchy – the Taliban have insisted, for example, that the US cease all drone attacks, while the US requires that the Taliban forego suicide bomb attacks.
The US withdrawal is contingent on a lack of Taliban-on-US violence, and a commitment by the Taliban to also ban former US allies, Al-Qaeda and ISIS from using Afghan soil which threatens the security of Afghanistan.
Trump’s allusion to Kabul being “overrun” by the Taliban once US forces leave harkens back to the US’ experience in Vietnam.
On January 23, 1973, then-President Richard Nixon euphemistically referred to the peace accords negotiated with between the US and North Vietnam as constituting “peace with honor.
The reality, however, was far different. The US implemented a policy of ‘Vietnamization’ that transferred responsibility for the security of South Vietnam to the South Vietnamese government.
A little more than two years later, in April 1975, the North Vietnamese overran the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, unifying Vietnam once again. The US regime has spent nearly 19 years and hundreds of billions of dollars training the proxy Afghan military and security forces to fend for Zionist interests.
This withdrawal is a matter of domestic American politics more than national security. The US is tired of the Afghan War and is desperate for any opportunity to bring the conflict to an end, even if Trump’s definition of “peace with honor” ends up replicating a Saigon-like end to the Afghan government.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.