I enjoy reading the "Today in History" feature and found the following item from Aug. 28, 1941, particularly interesting: "Japan's ambassador to the U.S., Kichisaburo Nomura, presented a note to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from Japan's prime minister, Prince Fumimaro Konoye, expressing a desire for improved relations."

Three months later, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and started a war in the Pacific.

I hope that this piece of history will not be erased or forgotten as our government seeks to open negotiations with the "kinder, gentler" Taliban.

Glenn Brown

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Bailey Jones

"open negotiations"? We've been negotiating with the Taliban for years. Here's the treaty that our last president negotiated with the Taliban in 2020:

https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Agreement-For-Bringing-Peace-to-Afghanistan-02.29.20.pdf

In it, Trump promised to withdraw from Afghanistan and release 5,000 Taliban prisoners, in exchange for... well, we see what we got in exchange. Art of the deal, indeed.

The Biden administration isn't responsible for this agreement, or the timing of our withdrawal, or our being there in the first place. As president, he bears responsibility for the debacle that has unfolded during our ignominious retreat, and he will bear responsibility for every American and every Afghani collaborator who is not able to get out and be safely resettled, either in the US or elsewhere.

As for whether Afghanistan becomes a petri dish for anti-American terrorists again - we've had 100 years to convince the region that we aren't the bad guys. That's an American failure, and it belongs to all of us.

Carlos Ponce

What you fail to point out is the verbal agreement Trump had with Taliban leaders -retaliation on a massive scale they harmed any American. The Taliban listened and no American was harmed. Taliban trembled.

Biden has made a similar promise - The Taliban laughed.

Jim Forsythe

All Presidents did actives in Afghanistan, that did not turn out well. Why did we not leave earlier.

The Taliban trembled,.as 5,000 of their troops were released from poison, which increased the Taliban's number of trained troops.

US-Taliban Peace Agreement.

Trump was able to get the Taliban and the Afghan government to sign a “condition based” peace deal on February 28, 2020. For the United States and its coalition partners, the peace plan was directly tied to a “phased withdrawal” of American forces to be completed, if all went well, within a mere 14 months—May 2021. For their part, the Taliban would cease armed attacks, pledge to shun terror groups, and coexist with the current government in Afghanistan.

From the perspective of the United States, the first part of the US-Taliban peace plan outlines a phased withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Afghanistan. Another provision of the agreement is a mutual prisoner exchange with the Taliban(5,000 released). The United States will also work towards lifting American and international sanctions against the Taliban. Lastly, the United States resolves to respect the territorial integrity and independence of Afghanistan.

It included this, The United States, its allies, and the Coalition will withdraw all their forces from five (5) military bases.

Part Two of this agreement, the United States, its allies, and the Coalition will execute the following: (1) The United States, its allies, and the Coalition will complete withdrawal of all remaining forces from Afghanistan within the remaining nine and a half (9.5) months. (2) The United States, its allies, and the Coalition will withdraw all their forces from remaining bases.

Carlos Ponce

Like Bailey you fail to mention what was not put in writing - a promise to come down heavy if any American was harmed. The Taliban believed and left Americans alone for 18 months. Then came Biden......[scared]

Jim Forsythe

February 29, 2020: After a week-long deal to reduce violence across Afghanistan, the U.S. and the Taliban signed a historic agreement Saturday that would see U.S. troops start to withdraw, according to a statement issued Friday afternoon by President Donald Trump. "Soon, at my direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of an agreement with representatives of the Taliban, while Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will issue a joint declaration with the government of Afghanistan.

Mar 01, 2020 · After a week-long deal to reduce violence across Afghanistan, the U.S. and the Taliban signed a historic agreement Saturday that would see U.S. troops start to withdraw, according to a statement issued Friday afternoon by President Donald Trump.

Published March 3, 2020: President Trump said Tuesday he had a “good talk” with a leader of the Taliban, coming days after the signing of an agreement that secures the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. “I spoke to the leader of the Taliban today,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. “We had a very good talk.” The U.S. signed the deal with Taliban militants on Saturday as part of an effort to end the 18-year, post-9/11 war. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo witnessed the signing of the agreement in Qatar.

Jim Forsythe

You can go to Department of State website, if you want to read about the signing by Trump.

Aug 17, 2021 · Yes, former President Trump made a deal with the Taliban to remove U.S. forces by May 2021, although the deal was contingent on a few factors. The agreement between the Trump administration and the Taliban was made on Feb. 29, 2020, according to documentation on the Department of State website.

“The Doha agreement was a very weak agreement, and the U.S. should have gained more concessions from the Taliban,” said Lisa Curtis, an Afghanistan expert who served during the Trump administration as the National Security Council’s senior director for South and Central Asia. “They wanted U.S. forces out, and they wanted to take over the country militarily, and they believed that they could do that,” Curtis said of the Taliban. “That was just crystal clear.” The agreement called for the U.S. to bring down its forces to 8,600 from 13,000 over the following three to four months, with the remaining U.S. forces withdrawing in 14 months, or by May 1.

Carlos Ponce

Trump's threat to retaliate if the Taliban harmed any American was very real. Too bad Wimpy didn't follow the Trump plan.

Carlos Ponce

In July, Pende Joe had a phone call with Ghani in which he knew the Taliban was getting the upper hand but to LIE about it.

"I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban."

"... you’re going to get not only more help, but you’re going to get a perception that is going to change in terms of how , um…[unclear].. our allies and folks here in the States and other places think you’re doing."

https://www.reuters.com/world/excerpts-call-between-joe-biden-ashraf-ghani-july-23-2021-08-31/

Don Schlessinger

"The Biden administration isn't responsible for this agreement, or the timing of our withdrawal." You're right about responsibility for making the agreement but time was on Sleep Joe's side. His decision not to listen to his military advisiors was his alone and 13 members of our military died for it. To me the worst part is Biden thinking this debacle was a success. No wonder our former allies are concerned.

Gary Miller

Bailey> We need to convince the Taliban we are bad guys with a short fuse.

Charles Douglas

Joe China is responsible for leaving Billions of Dollars worth of equipment, arms, and weapons in the hands of Terrorists when he ran out on thousands of Americans in Afghanistan!! If he did not do that,.. ..then WHO DID? Joe China is responsible for hiring the Teliban as security for the outside of Kabul Airport!, they then allowed ISIS to come close enough to kill 13 Americans! If anybody else is responsible, THEN WHO? Joe China is responsible for LEAVING BEHIND THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND AT RISK Afgans to die, be raped, burned alive, or sold as a Sex Slave, or mutilated! If somebody else is responsible, who were calling the shots, WHO WERE THEY?? Joe China is responsible for leaving babies laying on the tarmac to die! He LEFT so fast he left dogs to die who had been a help to the American military! I should call him RUNAWAY JOE!

Joe China is the most disgusting, dispicuable, heartless human being I know. He was in a race to get to a microphone on September 11, 2021 to beat his chest and brag about ending the war! Somebody should school him on,.... IT IS HOW YOU ENDED THE WAR IS WHAT COUNTS! He is a stinking coward afraid to fight! You don't leave your people behind, dead or alive ...you get them out of there! What does a man who hates African-Americans and Seven- Eleven working Afghans know about HONOR ANYWAY?

" A false witness shall not go unpunished, and he who speaketh lies shall not excape." Proverb 19:5.

Charles Douglas

Joe China not only is partners with the Taliban, he is a card carrying partner with The Drug Cartels who are now controlling our Southern Borders, and are bringing in Sex SLAVES, ...elicit dangerous drugs, facilitating dangerous, lawless individuals crossing over along with MS-13 Gang Members coming in and fanning out to all parts of America!

These people are making hundreds of millions of dollars through their operations camafloaged by illegals crashing the borders at all hours of the day and night! How much of all that is Hunter Biden getting? How much is flowing in the pockets of Mr. TEN PERCENT? In my life I have not seen or heard of a more caniving, morally bankrupt human being!

Gary Scoggin

I’ve said this elsewhere and I will say it again. Biden inherited a bad deal from the former guy but he had seven months to plan and execute the withdrawal from Afghanistan. This screw up was on Biden’s watch and he owns it.

Carlos Ponce

Gary Scoggin posts, "Biden inherited a bad deal ..." Not true. The best part of the deal was "off the record" but understood by both parties. The best part was - if you harm our people, you will be obliterated.

“I was also in the room when President Trump made very clear to Mullah Baradar, the senior Taliban negotiator, that if you threatened an American, if you scared an American, certainly if you hurt an American, that we would bring all American power to bear to make sure that we went to your village, to your house. We were very clear about the things we were prepared to do to protect American lives. And indeed, since we began those negotiations back in February of 2020, there wasn’t a single American killed by the Taliban. We had established a deterrence model.” - Mike Pompeo

https://www.dailywire.com/news/pompeo-reveals-what-trump-told-taliban-about-how-u-s-would-withdraw-blasts-bidens-poor-leadership

Gary Scoggin

If you keep repeating that rationalization often enough, even you might start to believe it. It WAS a bad deal, only your MAGA-blindness won’t let you admit it.

Carlos Ponce

This from a man who claims not to be a Liberal....[rolleyes]

Dan Freeman

Ironically, today in 1879 the Siege of the British Residency in Kabul ended with a military engagement of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The British resident, Sir Louis Cavagnari and his escort were massacred after an 8-hour siege by mutinous Afghan troops inside their Residency in Kabul. No one leaves Afghanistan with pride.

Ted Gillis

Just a bunch of tuff talk Carlos. Pompeo is running for his next office.

Carlos Ponce

Ted, it was promised.

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