Word broke Friday of a possible move toward a peace agreement in Afghanistan that would at long last allow most remaining US forces to come home — emphasis, sadly, on possible.
Notably, the top Team Trump official who spread the word would only speak anonymously: No one’s willing to take ownership of this one unless and until it shows signs of working.
Basically, US diplomats negotiating with the Taliban in Qatar struck a deal under which actual peace talks could start soon — if, and only if, all parties can manage to cease hostilities for a full seven days.
“The reduction-of-violence agreement is very specific. It’s nationwide, and it includes the Afghans,” the official told Reuters, adding that it covers “everything. Roadside bombs, suicide bombs, rocket attacks.”
President Trump, who like all America has long sought to end the Afghan war, said Thursday he saw a “good chance” of getting to a deal with the Taliban that would cut US troop levels.
It remains to be seen if the Taliban can actually deliver anything like a ceasefire: Many of its factions, and some of its sponsors, such as elements of Pakistan’s military, have no desire for anything like peace unless it means their total victory.
No matter what, Washington will someday have to leave Afghanistan to its own devices — even at the risk of having to go back there sometime down the line. Let’s all pray this tentative agreement brings that “someday” a lot closer.