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Trump diplomacy failing
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:34:05 PM »
Following the anger at being down-voted at the UN on its Jerusalem strategy, the Trump-Haley push against "ungrateful" recipient countries is not looking like it is working too well.  Pakistan, who only cooperated with the Afghanistan War to avoid being bombed back to the Stone Age, has signed up with China to trade in Yuan, and has suspended military/intelligence cooperation with the US.

And The Canadian Loonie and Mexico Peso are plunging in kneejerk response to a series of Reuters headlines, according to which government sources report that the US will shortly announce it is pulling out of NAFTA.

Meanwhile Trump has little time left to make the current sanctions attack on Iran real. That would put the other partners to the deal UK, France, EU, Russia, and China off-side and threatens the whole NATO alliance.

Trump might single-handedly lose more allies over his Jerusalem strategy than he bargained for.  China knows these are all opportunities to pick up more allies.
Pakistan Suspends Military And Intelligence Cooperation With US
Tyler Durden

In the wake of President Trump’s twitter outburst last week, alleging that Pakistan has given the U.S. “nothing but lies and deceit” accompanied by the suspension of US financial aid, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan declared that military and intelligence cooperation with the United States are suspended, during an address at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Khan, who was speaking at a seminar titled: "Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan,’ said the U.S. is now facing defeat in Afghanistan after a 16-year war, despite spending billions of dollars. With defeat imminent, he claims the U.S. is using Pakistan as a ‘scapegoat,’ rather than defending and securing the Pak-Afghan border.

“Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognized,” Khan added that Pakistan would not allow Afghanistan’s war to be fought on Pakistani soil.

Military relations between Pakistan and the United States have stretched as far back as 1947. The Afghan-Pakistan Center of Excellence is a division of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), with military operations sometimes jointly focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s widely known that CIA drone bases and U.S. military logistical operations for Afghanistan are located in the country.

Kahn emphasized, "a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation have been suspended,” but added the supply lines for NATO troops in Afghanistan would remain open. There was little mention of the fate of CIA drone bases operating in the country.

Khan stated, "you see the facilities that we have extended to them (Americans) are still in operation. We have not suspended them. But there is also a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation which we have suspended."

Ironically, during the speech, Kahn criticized the U.S. for doing very little to fence the border with Afghanistan. The border stretches some 2,500 Km, where militants frequently take advantage of the open-order.

“It is convenient to blame Pakistan for cross-border terrorism whereas the US has not lifted a finger to help fence-up the border,” Khan was quoted as saying.

Maybe if Trump fails to build his "border wall" in the US, he can erect one between Pakistan and Afghanistan?

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The unprecedented collapse in diplomatic relations between the US and Pakistan comes less than a week after Pakistan announced it would ditch the US Dollar in bilateral trade with China, and adopt the Yuan as China has successfully replaced the US as Pakistan's sovereign "big brother."

Richard Snelsire, a U.S.Embassy spokesman said, according to VOA news, "we have not received any formal communication regarding a suspension."

Meanwhile, so far 2018 has been nothing but a setback for Washington and Islamabad relations. President Trump kicked off the new year with a Twitter war pressuring Islamabad to “do more” to combat terrorism.

The official twitter account of the Pakistan Ministry of Defense fired back saying they’ve offered valuable resources to the U.S. over the years but have received nothing but “invective and mistrust” in return.

America's fading influence in Pakistan has gained significant momentum in just the past month. In less than two weeks, President Trump and Washington have managed to collapse relations with Islamabad, resulting in a suspension of the Pakistani military and intelligence cooperation. This could jeopardize the war in Afghanistan, considering Pakistan holds strategic assets for the fight against terrorism in the region. Nevertheless, as relations between both countries decline, Afghanistan is in real danger of becoming the new Vietnam, while Washington blames Pakistan for its 16-years of military failure and a price tab now approaching a trillion dollars.
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Re: Trump diplomacy failing
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 07:04:38 PM »
Trump Diplomacy. There's an oxymoron for you. Right up there with military intelligence.
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Re: Trump diplomacy failing
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 07:52:26 PM »
Trump Diplomacy. There's an oxymoron for you. Right up there with military intelligence.

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