President Trump's secret plan to meet the Taliban at Camp David to negotiate the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan reveals his misunderstanding of the nature and dangers they pose to the United States.
I was a veteran and junior associate on a law firm on Wall Street on September 11, 2001. Like most New Yorkers, I lost friends that day. Fortunately, I had a reserve commission so that I could volunteer for service on September 12th. I served briefly twice in Afghanistan, though I never fired a shot.
No veteran should claim to uphold the views of all who served, and no one should assume to speak for the fallen. The news from Saturday, however, reminded me and many Americans of varying backgrounds how confused we have become.
It is not wrong to seek peace with enemies. American diplomats coolly negotiated with communists from North Korea and North Vietnam in Panmunjom and Paris. But for Trump it was a mistake to invite the Taliban to Camp David ̵
Any veteran can tell you about the depravity of the Taliban. At around the time of my second tour, the Taliban bombarded a nearby girls' school and disfigured their students by throwing acid in their faces. They wired a small donkey with explosives to lure the children of a local police officer out of their home and kill them. Elsewhere, in a maternity clinic, they attacked young mothers, their babies and co-workers.
These are not traditional military enemies. Inviting such people into the presidential family home over the weekend, since Franklin Roosevelt admittedly tries to achieve a political goal of an impending domestic vote, is just a bad idea – to say the least, tasteless.
Taliban leaders had prior knowledge of the attacks of September 11, 2001, relieved and blamed for them. Understandably, a new generation has no memory of this day. Inexplicably, some policymakers seem to have forgotten their lessons: the 2,977 murderers on that day, the civilians trapped in hijacked planes and in the towers, and the first responders who have since died of illnesses related to 9/11 ,
And it was almost a lot worse. Without a flight delay in Boston, both Flight 175 and Flight 11 would hit both towers simultaneously, causing a much greater loss of life without any time spent evacuating. Fortunately, Flight 77 hit a reinforced part of the Pentagon and disintegrated instead of cutting through the building. And brave passengers prevented Flight 93 from getting into a joint convention session.  Prior to September 11, al-Qaida attacks under Taliban protection, which bombed US embassies in East Africa and killed 224 in 1998, slated a failed attack against Los Angeles International Airport, an attempt on USS The Sullivans and a strike at USS Cole in 2000 with 17 dead.
More conspiracy attempts were launched before September 11, and activists were sent from Afghanistan. Jose Padilla planned a radiological "dirty bomb" attack on his FBI detention to destroy Manhattan residential buildings. The NYPD frightened Khalid Sheikh Muhammad's attack on the Brooklyn Bridge. A second wave of planes was supposed to hit buildings on the west coast, like the Library Tower in California, before the CIA conquered the leader of the scheme.
Even after we chased Al-Qaida and the Taliban over Pakistan in the fall of 2001, they were still hunting planned attacks on planes flying from Britain to America, commuter trains from New Jersey, subways from New York City, and New York the Long Island Railway. We also know of a Pakistani Taliban-specific attempt to bomb Times Square in 2010.
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, and Taliban leader Mullah Omar died after that, but his September 11 -era MPs survive. Al Qaeda's determination to attack the US and the sympathetic willingness of the Taliban to guard it have not changed at all.
The Taliban will see themselves neither bound to agreements with Western governments, nor to what they consider a renegade Muslim regime Kabul. Most Afghan officials are corrupt, and the casualties of the Afghan military and police are now so bad that they are classified. The Taliban will swiftly deal with the flawed government in Kabul with minimal military training, advice and US support, including air, logistics and medical assistance.
The Taliban and al-Qaeda will then be stronger than ever what the Islamists rightly perceive The world has outlived and outwitted America in battle, even after they jointly perpetrated mass casualties on the military headquarters in our capital and civilians in our largest city Has.
Together, they will lead those who support the US to the sword. how the Vietnamese did to our allies in Southeast Asia in 1975), women whose liberation we have encouraged to subjugate and enslave religious and ethnic minorities such as Shiites and Hazaras.
Al-Qaida will then turn again, protected by the Taliban's targets in our homeland.
After the Munich summit in 1938, when Czechoslovakia was handed over to the Nazis, Churchill purposely warned the complainants: "That was you the choice between war and shame. You have chosen the shame and you will have war.
This was almost the epitaph of the Trump administration in Afghanistan: a shameful capitulation to the Taliban followed by al-Qaeda attacks on the US
He died of Taliban attacks in the following areas barely averted for ten years, and the irrevocable evil of the enemies we face. Let us once again commit the administration, the congress and the public to maintaining the course in Afghanistan.
Kevin Carroll was Senior Advisor to John Kelly, Minister of Homeland Security. Previously, he was in Afghanistan as a liaison officer of the Secret Service of the XVIII. Leadership unit of the Airborne Corps in Bagram in 2003 and worked as a military officer of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Kandahar in 2010.