During a dinner in Washington last week for the wives of soldiers who lost their lives in combat, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States divulged some astonishing facts about President Donald Trump.
For one, Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib said, everything he had heard about the U.S. president turned out to be a lie. Prior to his own nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani, speaking with Trump for the first time over the phone, for instance, they were advised that the conversation must be kept short because of Trump’s allegedly short attention span.
“However, we were pleasantly surprised at how much time President Trump spent asking very informed questions,” Mohib revealed during the dinner, as reported by Independent Journal Review. “The first time the presidents spoke, the questions Trump asked impressed us.”
Trump asked one question, in particular, that caught the attention of both the ambassador and the president: “How can you win in this fight (against terrorism)?“
“Trump wants to win,” Mohib continued. “Sincerely. All the Obama administration wanted to do was not lose.”
Those are damning words about the leader of a nation at war.
Throughout former President Barack Obama’s tenure, his administration frequently acted with hesitation (and even stupidity), according to the the Afghan ambassador.
“When the Obama administration announced its plans to pull troops out of the region, they announced the exact date they would do it,” Mohib said. “All our enemies had to do was wait (Obama) out. They knew the date they had to hang on until — which gave them the will to fight. They used that time to recruit and build up resources.”
The former president’s secretary of state, John Kerry, was especially problematic, Mohib said, as he routinely prevented the Afghan government from taking steps necessary to its their own country.
“The entire Obama administration was too cautious, but Kerry was the most cautious,” Mohib stated. “Perhaps the Obama administration was fatigued by the time we assumed power (in 2014) … But Trump is very different from Obama in this way. This is good, for the future of Afghanistan.”
Obama, meanwhile, had been the worst thing to happen to Afghanistan in decades. As noted by The Daily Caller, his epic fumbles in the Middle East — and particularly in Afghanistan — allowed for the rise of “the most powerful Taliban movement in 15 years and an Islamic State global terrorist network.”
And he drew plenty of critics.
“President Obama’s approach was extraordinarily naive in the Middle East,” Nile Gardiner, a former aide to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said in a statement to The Washington Times.
And ignorant. Exceptionally ignorant. Unlike President Trump, Obama presumed he already knew everything that there was to know.
But like the old adage states, knowledge is having the right answer, while intelligence is asking the right questions.
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