Opinion: Did Trump forget his own Afghanistan strategy?4 min read 13 Aug 2018, 11:42 PM IST
India should ensure that its old friendships remain intact. In case of instability, India's contacts on the ground will give it a place at the table
This month, a year ago, US President Donald Trump announced his administration’s Afghanistan strategy in a speech in Arlington, Virginia. Trump admitted that his initial instinct was to pull out of what was already by then a 16-year-old war. However, he understood that an immediate withdrawal would not provide “an honourable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made". Trump decided to commit the US to the battle without the Barack Obama-style withdrawal timelines. Even as his speech was being widely pilloried in Washington, there was also a view, notably in India, that Trump’s strategy deserved a fair chance.