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Trump Says He Could Wipe Afghanistan 'Off Face of Earth and Kill 10 Million People,' but He Doesn't Want To
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49578"><span class="small">Zamira Rahim, The Independent</span></a>   
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 13:16

Rahim writes: "Donald Trump has claimed he could wipe Afghanistan 'off the face of the earth' but chooses not to, in remarks which have caused fury in Kabul."

An Afghan man inspects a house destroyed during an air strike called in to protect Afghan and U.S. forces during a raid on suspected Taliban militants, in Kunduz, November 2016. (photo: Nasir Wakif/Reuters)
An Afghan man inspects a house destroyed during an air strike called in to protect Afghan and U.S. forces during a raid on suspected Taliban militants, in Kunduz, November 2016. (photo: Nasir Wakif/Reuters)

Trump Says He Could Wipe Afghanistan 'Off Face of Earth and Kill 10 Million People,' but He Doesn't Want To

By Zamira Rahim, The Independent

23 July 19

Kabul demands clarification after president claims he could end war in 10 days

onald Trump has claimed he could wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the earth” but chooses not to, in remarks which have caused fury in Kabul.

“I don’t want to kill 10m people,” the US president said on Monday.

“I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth, it would be gone, it would be over in literally 10 days.”

The conflict in Afghanistan has raged for 18 years, with neither the US or the Taliban able to declare victory over the other.

Around 32,000 civilians have been killed in the last decade of the conflict, according the UN, with the number of deaths hitting a record high in 2018.

More than 2,000 US soldiers have also died in the war, which saw US-led forces fighting the Taliban following the 9/11 attacks.

Mr Trump was speaking in the Oval Office, following a meeting with Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan.

His comments come as peace talks between the US and the Taliban progress.

The US leader suggested that Pakistan and Mr Khan could help broker a political settlement to conclude the war, but Afghanistan’s government has reacted with anger following his provocative comments.

“I think Pakistan is going to help us out to extricate ourselves,” the president said.

Mr Khan said negotiators were close to completing a peace deal with the Taliban.

“We hope that in the coming days we will be able to urge the Taliban to speak to the Afghan government and come to a settlement, a political solution,” he said.

On Tuesday officials in Kabul called for Mr Trump to clarify his remarks.

“The Afghan nation has not and will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate,” the country’s government said in a statement.

Mr Trump also offered himself as a mediator between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, a violent and long running strategic dispute.

To the astonishment of watchers of South Asia, Mr Trump claimed he had been asked by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to mediate between the two nations over the disputed territory.

India has consistently rejected external offers of mediation in the past and Pakistan has repeatedly sought third-party help. 

The US president’s comments have placed the Indian leader in a difficult diplomatic position.

India later denied Mr Trump’s claims.

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+8 # chapdrum 2019-07-23 19:52
"Sure, I could kill ten million people...just the way I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. But I'm too compassionate to do vote for me."
+1 # USADUDE 2019-07-23 23:58
35% or more of the country support this conman. They think reality tv is real and New is fake and are mind warped in the cult of tRump. We are getting our asses kicked in the propaganda war. Our president* gives aid and comfort to our enemies. This country is going down fast. The career criminal has never been held to account for anything in his miserable fraudulent life. It’s long past time. Impeachment is the only path forward. This isn’t about a fucking blow job. The Russians attacked our election to aid the cult leader who won. The cult leader then obstructed the investigation into the attack. Impeachment is imperative. No pardon for the Grifter in Chief. Lock him up. His fixer needs a roommate.
+1 # Texas Aggie 2019-07-24 00:08
Think about how many Afghanis live outside of Afghanistan. Think of how many of them would devote themselves to killing the person who turned Afghanistan into rubble. Phat Boy would be more than happy to be buried in the safety of a maximum security prison if he did anything so stupid.

And just having made that stupid comment he is likely to get a bunch of people upset enough that one of them will come after him to prevent it from happening. How stupid do you have to be in order to be a republican president? I thought Dubya was the limit of ignorance, but Phat Boy has gone way beyond him.
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-24 06:44
The US has the military capacity to kill every human on earth. And to destroy all life on earth. That's what 100s of trillions of dollars pumped into the military industrial complex has given us -- the power of God. But it is a power to destroy, not to create.

Trump is a vile idiot to threaten to kill people. All presidents do this, but Trump does it in a way that is more ugly than other presidents.

In reality, Trump's message here is that he does not want to use the power the US military has. He wants everyone to know what power exists but he does not want to use it. So why not pull all US military out of Afghanistan immediately.

Just leave Afghanistan alone. In the period of the 1950s to 80s, the socialist Afghan government did very well. Afghanistan was modernizing. It's constitution was a model for the world. The Carter and his asshole CIA entered and began creating a civil war. Reagn made it a full covert war in the 1980s. The US has never not been at war against Afghanistan since the 1970s.
+2 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-07-24 10:54
It was such a good idea for the United States to give Nuclear Weapons to India AND Pakistan. So, Pakistan could give them to North Korea and several Middle East countries. Gotta keep The War Machine well fed. And, great idea to give Trump Nuclear Weapons. Man, are we ever smart.
0 # chapdrum 2019-07-24 22:21
PD-right. This is the guy who travels with the nuclear codes. We are some damn fools.