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by Franklin D. López, former United Press International & The Associated Press news writer

When President Joe Biden announced that the United States military presence in Afghanistan was ending on August 31, 2021, I knew that he was going to be subjected to a Tsunami of unjust attacks from people responsible for the failed policies implemented after the 911 attacks in New York. It takes lots of courage and moral standing for Biden of taking, perhaps the hardest decision of his presidential term. The Associated Press summarized the withdrawal from Afghanistan in the following matter ”  At just short of 20 years, the now-ending U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan was America’s longest war. Ordinary Americans tended to forget about it, and it received measurably less oversight from Congress than the Vietnam War did. But its death toll is in the many tens of thousands. And because the U.S. borrowed most of the money to pay for it, generations of Americans will be burdened by the cost of paying it off.” The Financial cost to the Nation was $2.3 trillion. Of which, $ 1 trillion was spent on military hardware benefiting the Industrial military complex. 

The Costs of War Project detailed its most recent estimates, finding that most of the money came out of $933 billion in DoD overseas contingency funding. The rest includes $443 billion in DoD base budget increases to support the war; $296 billion to care for veterans; $59 billion in State overseas contingency funds; and $530 to cover the interest on the money borrowed to fund 20 years of deployments. More than 2,500 American soldiers died in the longest American involved war and more than 46,000 civilians die in the conflict. In the 20 years since September 11, 2001, the United States has spent more than $2 trillion on the war in Afghanistan. That’s $300 million dollars per day, every day, for two decades. Or $50,000 for each of Afghanistan’s 40 million people. In base terms, Uncle Sam has spent more keeping the Taliban at bay than the net worths of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and the 30 richest billionaires in America, combined. 

The Afghan war was the result of “a national security assessment” after the 911 Attacks in New York founded on the big lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and had ties with Usaba bin Ladden and Alqaeda. After it was proven that the Saddam Regime had no weapon and no relations with Alqaeda, the Industrial Military Complex had to embrace a new war in Afghanistan for being the “safe house” and protector of Alqaeda terrorist training grounds. Who can forget the multiple press briefing by Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the Bush administration, Condoleeza Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security and Secretary of State Collin Powell, Vice-president Dick Cheney spreading the lies of the Weapons of Mass destruction, and Saddam’s ties to Alqaeda. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars were initiated by a Republic Administration based on lies and fraud. No one from that administration has apologized to the Nation and to the families of the military who gave their precious lives defending or Nation! No One. Total impunity! Disgraceful!

But what was outrageous was the unpatriotic behavior of the Republican Party leadership blaming Biden for the failures in Afghanistan. To begin with, The military and the intelligence apparatus of the United States never had a clear and defined strategy to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.

We are compelled to must look at history. The Vietnam War was based on the false premise of the “Domino effect”: If the Communists win in Vietnam all of South East Asia will fall into the hands of communism. How can we forget the many lies by the Military command in Vietnam announcing that we were winning the war when it was the opposite.  The war in Vietnam cost the United States $843.63 billion in 2019 dollars or 2.3% of GDP in 1968. By the end of the conflict, the names of more than 58,000 dead soldiers that were recorded on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and more than 2 million civilians in Vietnam and Laos. After the Vietnamese defeated the French in 1954, ending a brutal era of colonialism, the Geneva Accords stipulated that elections in the South be scheduled for the following year. Determined not to let communism spread, the U.S. lent its support to Ngo Dinh Diem, a French-educated, Catholic politician in South Vietnam. By the time the U.S. committed troops in 1965, Diem had been assassinated and Vietnamese support for the new military-led South Vietnamese government had faded. With supplies from China and the Soviet Union, North Vietnam primarily used guerrilla tactics to attack U.S. troops and bases. By the late 1960s, public support for the war in the U.S. was waning. American troops withdrew in 1973 and South Vietnam fell to communist North Vietnam in 1975. History repeats itself.

The Republican blamed Biden for “the hastily announced withdrawal schedule”. The GOP leadership suffers from a “convenient dementia syndrome” of forgetting that on February 29, 2020, in Dohoa Qatar with the presence of Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an agreement was signed yes with the Taliban and without the consent of the Afghan government,  putting an end to the war and establishing a withdrawal date of  14 months after February 29, 2020, reduction of the military presence from 15,000 U.S, soldiers and the liberation of 5,000 Taliban prisoners. See full agreement below:  Exhibit A. The lessons to be learned from the Afghan experience is that The United States in order to neutralize terrorist cells or organizations must use high technology weapons to eliminate the threat and avoid at all cost the failed nation-building policies of past empires that were implemented by the British, French and others European nations in Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.  But President Biden showed patriotic courage in ending and withdrawing the troops that America is first and that we must follow a new path  to rebuild our nation’s credibility in the International community and guarantee e better future for future generations. He should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!

Exhibit A.

Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan

between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States
as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America

February 29, 2020
which corresponds to Rajab 5, 1441 on the Hijri Lunar calendar
and Hoot 10, 1398 on the Hijri Solar calendar

A comprehensive peace agreement is made of four parts:

1. Guarantees and enforcement mechanisms that will prevent the use of the soil of Afghanistan by
any group or individual against the security of the United States and its allies.

2. Guarantees, enforcement mechanisms, and announcement of a timeline for the withdrawal of
all foreign forces from Afghanistan.

3. After the announcement of guarantees for a complete withdrawal of foreign forces and timeline
in the presence of international witnesses, and guarantees and the announcement in the presence
of international witnesses that Afghan soil will not be used against the security of the United
States and its allies, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United
States as a state and is known as the Taliban will start intraAfghan negotiations with Afghan
sides on March 10, 2020, which corresponds to Rajab 15, 1441 on the Hijri Lunar calendar and
Hoot 20, 1398 on the Hijri Solar calendar.

4. A permanent and comprehensive ceasefire will be an item on the agenda of the intraAfghan
dialogue and negotiations. The participants of intraAfghan negotiations will discuss the date
and modalities of a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, including joint implementation
mechanisms, which will be announced along with the completion and agreement over the future
political roadmap of Afghanistan.

The four parts above are interrelated and each will be implemented in accordance with its own agreed
timeline and agreed terms. Agreement on the first two parts paves the way for the last two parts.

Following is the text of the agreement for the implementation of parts one and two of the above. Both
sides agree that these two parts are interconnected. The obligations of the Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban in this
agreement apply in areas under their control until the formation of the new postsettlement Afghan
Islamic government as determined by the intraAfghan dialogue and negotiations.

PART ONE

The United States is committed to withdraw from Afghanistan all military forces of the United States,
its allies, and Coalition partners, including all nondiplomatic civilian personnel, private security
contractors, trainers, advisors, and supporting services personnel within fourteen (14) months following
announcement of this agreement, and will take the following measures in this regard:

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A. The United States, its allies, and the Coalition will take the following measures in the first one
hundred thirtyfive (135) days:

1) They will reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to eight thousand six hundred
(8,600) and proportionally bring reduction in the number of its allies and Coalition
forces.

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

B. With the commitment and action on the obligations of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which
is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban in 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.

C. The United States is committed to start immediately to work with all relevant sides on a plan
to expeditiously release combat and political prisoners as a confidence building measure with
the coordination and approval of all relevant sides. Up to five thousand (5,000) prisoners of
the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and
is known as the Taliban and up to one thousand (1,000) prisoners of the other side will be
released by March 10, 2020, the first day of intraAfghan negotiations, which corresponds to
Rajab 15, 1441 on the Hijri Lunar calendar and Hoot 20, 1398 on the Hijri Solar calendar.
The relevant sides have the goal of releasing all the remaining prisoners over the course of the
subsequent three months. The United States commits to completing this goal. The Islamic
Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known
as the Taliban commits that its released prisoners will be committed to the responsibilities
mentioned in this agreement so that they will not pose a threat to the security of the United
States and its allies.

 With the start of intraAfghan negotiations, the United States will initiate an administrative
review of current U.S. sanctions and the rewards list against members of the Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban
with the goal of removing these sanctions by August 27, 2020, which corresponds to Muharram
8, 1442 on the Hijri Lunar calendar and Saunbola 6, 1399 on the Hijri Solar calendar.

E. With the start of intraAfghan negotiations, the United States will start the diplomatic engagement
with other members of the United Nations Security Council and Afghanistan to remove
members of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as
a state and is known as the Taliban from the sanctions list with the aim of achieving this
objective by May 29, 2020, which corresponds to Shawwal 6, 1441 on the Hijri Lunar calendar
and Jawza 9, 1399 on the Hijri Solar calendar.

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F. The United States and its allies will refrain from the threat or the use of force against the
territorial integrity or political independence of Afghanistan or intervening in its domestic
affairs.


PART TWO

In conjunction with the announcement of this agreement, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is
not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban will take the following steps
to prevent any group or individual, including alQa’ida, from using the soil of Afghanistan to threaten
the security of the United States and its allies:

1. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and
is known as the Taliban will not allow any of its members, other individuals or groups, including
alQa’ida, to use the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its
allies.

2. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and
is known as the Taliban will send a clear message that those who pose a threat to the security
of the United States and its allies have no place in Afghanistan, and will instruct members of
the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and
is known as the Taliban not to cooperate with groups or individuals threatening the security of
the United States and its allies.

3. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and
is known as the Taliban will prevent any group or individual in Afghanistan from threatening
the security of the United States and its allies, and will prevent them from recruiting, training,
and fundraising and will not host them in accordance with the commitments in this agreement.

4. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and
is known as the Taliban is committed to deal with those seeking asylum or residence in
Afghanistan according to international migration law and the commitments of this agreement,
so that such persons do not pose a threat to the security of the United States and its allies.

5. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and
is known as the Taliban will not provide visas, passports, travel permits, or other legal
documents to those who pose a threat to the security of the United States and its allies to enter
Afghanistan.

PART THREE
1. The United States will request the recognition and endorsement of the United Nations Security
Council for this agreement.

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2. The United States and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United
States as a state and is known as the Taliban seek positive relations with each other and expect
that the relations between the United States and the new postsettlement Afghan Islamic
government as determined by the intraAfghan dialogue and negotiations will be positive.

3. The United States will seek economic cooperation for reconstruction with the new post
settlement Afghan Islamic government as determined by the intraAfghan dialogue and
negotiations, and will not intervene in its internal affairs.



Signed in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020, which corresponds to Rajab 5, 1441 on the Hijri Lunar
calendar and Hoot 10, 1398 on the Hijri Solar calendar, in duplicate, in Pashto, Dari, and English
languages, each text being equally authentic.