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Afghanistan War ends



No member of the high school Class of 2020 was born when the Afghanistan War began.

Mike Pompeo announced today that it will end on Leap Year Day.

The announcement said, "The United States and the Taliban have been engaged in extensive talks to facilitate a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan, reduce United States and Allied Forces presence, and ensure that no terrorist group ever uses Afghan soil to threaten the United States or our allies.

"In recent weeks, in consultation with the Government of National Unity, U.S. negotiators in Doha have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant and nationwide reduction in violence across Afghanistan. Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward. We are preparing for the signing to take place on February 29.

"Intra-Afghan negotiations will start soon thereafter, and will build on this fundamental step to deliver a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire and the future political roadmap for Afghanistan. The only way to achieve a sustainable peace in Afghanistan is for Afghans to come together and agree on the way forward.

"Challenges remain, but the progress made in Doha provides hope and represents a real opportunity. The United States calls on all Afghans to seize this moment.

"The United States thanks the State of Qatar and all other allies and partners for their support of peace in Afghanistan."

Trump's week that was better than his best week ever got even better today.

History will show that we should have paid the Taliban $1 billion to hand over Osama bin Laden, and been done with it. Maybe we tried. The loss of 2,500 American soldiers and the more than 20,000 casualties was too great a price.

However, they did not die in vain because the lesson of Vietnam -- forgotten by the 4 presidents who led to President Donald John Trump -- may finally apply. Do not engage in wars half a world away. 9/11 was not Pearl Harbor. If it were this Global War on Terrorism would gave ended a decade and a half ago. And Afghanistan is not Korea.

The bottom line of that announcement is its bottom line: The United States thanks the State of Qatar and all other allies and partners for their support of peace in Afghanistan.

Other nations in other regions of the world will be the neighborhood watch while we stand down as the world's policeman. Oh we are prepared for war. We just are not inclined to fight every villain all the time.

If President Donald John Trump has his way, the Class of 2020 may never have to fight a war again.

Odd that the hippie candidate -- Hillary -- promoted war, while the Patriot is ending one.

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