Having successfully navigated the stormy seas of the Korean Peninsula’s despotic dialogue, US President Donald Trump is looking to expand his work in the realm of direct diplomacy.
Make no mistake about it, even with North Korea’s latest slice of stalling in denuclearization, the meetings between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon, as well as the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim himself, were incredibly powerful events in world history. It had been six decades since the two Koreas were on speaking terms, much less joining forces in the Olympics and allowing the top dignitaries from each nation to step over the border in the DMZ.
Of course, this isn’t the last time that the President of the US would attempt to make direct diplomacy his main tactic.
Just yesterday, Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking privately for several hours before holding a joint press conference to explain what progress was made. Of course, the meeting, was controversial in America, where hatred for Trump likely surpasses hatred for Putin on the left. We will have plenty of opportunities to analyze that meeting and its results, but today we are setting our sights on Afghanistan and the infamous Taliban.
The Trump administration has expressed a willingness to engage in direct negotiations with the Taliban to end the nearly 17-year-old Afghan war, marking a significant shift in U.S. policy long sought by the terrorist group, the New York Times (NYT)reported Sunday.
The administration has reportedly ordered “its top diplomats to seek direct talks with the Taliban,” the NYT revealed, citing unnamed senior American and Afghan officials, adding:
Providing more authority to American diplomats, a move that was decided on last month by Mr. Trump’s national security aides, is seen as part of a wider push to inject new momentum into efforts to end the war. Those efforts include a rare cease-fire last month, increased American pressure on Pakistan to stop providing sanctuary to Taliban leaders and a rallying of Islamic nations against the insurgency’s ideology. Grassroots peace movements in the region have also increased pressure on all sides.
The Times acknowledges that neither the U.S. State Department nor the Afghan Taliban have confirmed a shift in policy.
For years, the United States has refused the Taliban’s offer to discuss peace directly, insisting that negotiations must be led and owned by Kabul.
The length of the war in Afghanistan has long been considered peculiar by a number of internet conspiracy theorists, who believe that the US is possibly remaining involved in the nation in order to have a finger on the pulse of the world’s most proficient opium production sites.
This, in theory, allows the US to keep Big Pharmaceutical from being effected by possible price gouging on the poppy front. Also, if true, (which is an enormous if), this could signal that the United States is looking to make a major move in the legalization of marijuana, which has proven to be an effective way to combat opioid addiction in states where pot prohibition laws have been repealed or modernized.