Paul Barker sent me a wonderful note about the latest Iran-related news:
“And in the irony of ironies, via Khalilzad [an Afghani-American diplomat and Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the State Department ] the Trump administration is effectively negotiating terms of surrender with the Taliban — and it is the US that is surrendering. Yet Trump wants the flexibility of the 2001 AUMF to justify totally unrelated action against Iran which is a natural enemy of the Taliban, al-Qa’eda and ISIS
“If Trump wanted a responsible way out of Afghanistan, he’d find a way to work with Iran.”
Absolutely right. Yet another cost of isolating Iran.