President Donald Trump unlike Obama doesn’t lead from behind. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan visited the White House this past week and heaped praise on Trump. In the process Ghani took a swipe at Obama by inference. Ghani stated that the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan has changed dramatically. It is better.
He went on to say that the military in Afghanistan is encouraged by Trump; furthermore, Trump has had a stupendous impact on helping his nation “right the ship”. High praise!
His full speech follows:
“It is a difference of day and night. The cloud of uncertainty has been lifted. But equally important is your commitment to political solution at the end of this process. What we want to assure the American people is that there is not going to be a combat role.
You have made that crystal clear, and we are committed to make sure that the Afghan people and the Afghan soldiers and Afghan officers will take the burden of responsibility. The modest additional troops that have been sent are to enhance the assist, support, advice mission, and that is playing a very crucial role.
Victory, political and military-wise is within our sight, and I would like to thank you for the thoroughness of the review and especially for ordering that all instruments of American power, military, diplomatic and economic, are brought together in a coherent plan of action to lift Afghanistan out of 40 years of crisis and to make it a platform for stability and prosperity.
And because of this, we understand and fully endorse the concept that you use. We do not ask for a blank check. We are determined to do what is ours, fight corruption, ensure that there is no waste of resources, full accountability for the results and significant momentum so the American people can know that under your wise leadership the results that were not within grasp will now be achieved.”