Speaking about the new strategy, Gen. Nicolson, the commander of NATO Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and US troops in Afghanistan, reiterated his country’s resolve to continue pressing the militants until they show willingness to enter peace process, which clearly means the war whose victims are only Afghans will continue.
Although many American experts on Afghan affairs were stressing in their articles, interviews and meetings during the development of new US strategy that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict, President Donald Trump’s decision was also hijacked similar to that of other US presidents by a handful of American generals who have vested interests in the war in Afghanistan, and who cannot admit their failure to resolve the conflict through the use of force. Trump fell into the same trap laid by generals, in which his predecessors, Obama and Bush had also been caught.
Despite repeated failures of military options, the US was greatly expected to explore a new approach to reach peace and get out of what some American officials have called the “Afghan quagmire”, but it did not happen. It shows the US is not interested and willing to put an end to the conflict in Afghanistan, because it is completely illogical to try an option which has repeatedly failed. The time has come for Americans to explore new options to settle Afghan conflict, show the world that it doesn’t use Afghan soil as a launch pad against other nations, and is committed to restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan before suspicions about US intentions escalate.