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Trump’s Bad Deal with the Taliban

Trump’s Bad Deal with the Taliban

Trumps bad deal with the TalibanLast week, Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, launched into a broadside against Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief  American diplomat responsible for negotiating with the Taliban.  Addressing reporters in Washington, Mohib insinuated that Khalilzad is  seeking to install himself as the “viceroy” of a new “caretaker  government.” The State Department quickly issued a sharp rebuke, saying  that any condemnation of Khalilzad was really a critique of its leader,  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While Mohib’s specific charge may have been hyperbole, it almost  certainly wasn’t a slip of the tongue. Mohib has been around Washington  for years, including as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.S., so he knew  how his words would be received. His harsh critique of Khalilzad  reflects the Afghan government’s deep mistrust of the Trump  administration’s plans.

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