The proposed and now canceled peace talks with Taliban leaders were a strange strategy by President Trump to begin with, holds Joel Mathis of The Week. Holding them on the 18-year anniversary of 9/11 would have been highly insensitive. While Trump’s foreign policy approach has been refreshing, it has also caused many issues. Wanting to negotiate with the likes of North Korea and the Taliban is a good thing, in itself. But Trump is too happy to ignore the atrocities of war criminals in exchange for personal flattery. Holding many peace talks without actually finding agreements, like with the Taliban, will make it harder for his successors to achieve real peace.
President Trump was right to seek peace negotiations with the Taliban, and also right to cancel them following a terror attack that killed a US soldier, asserts Tom Rogan of the Washington Examiner. The Taliban showed that they were not going to be fully engaged in setting up a solid peace with America. Trump was right to walk away, showing them that they would need to come to the table with goodwill and peaceful intentions, not just empty words. A flawed peace deal with the Taliban would have bolstered terror in the region. Trump appears to understand this. Even without peace, focusing on nation-building in Afghanistan is a good strategy for the future.