Editorial / Commentary / Opinion
Scott Sullivan: A solution for Afghanistan
President Obama will fail by promoting military escalation in Afghanistan. Obama will also fail by withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan without agreements that would protect Afghanistan from Pakistani, ISI, and Iranian aggression.
In short, President Obama will discover that he has only a single viable option for Afghanistan stability -- i.e. Obama must call for an immediate Afghan cease fire and negotiations for a power sharing agreement between President Karzai, Mullah Omar, and al-Qaeda.
Obama should reach out to Taliban by supporting Mullah Omar’s nationalist policies that strengthen the Afghan state and support resistance to foreign aggression.
Obama should reach out to al-Qaeda by opposing Iranian terrorism in Yemen and Iraq. Moreover, the US should agree on Joint US-Saudi-al Qaeda actions to protect Iraq from Iranian and Kurdish subversion.
Finally, Obama should explore options for protecting Afghanistan and the region by distributing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia, Syria, or China. Meanwhile, China would invite Pakistan to negotiations on regional security under Russian-Chinese auspices at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Is a better solution plausible in Afghanistan?
Scott Sullivan is a former Washington government employee and was the Senior Advisor for International Economics at the Crisis Management Center of the National Security Council, 1984 - 1986. Petroleumworld not necessarily share these views. hare these views.
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