The president of the United States of America, the prime minister of Britain and the president of Russia all seem to have a lot to hide in terms of Anglo-U.S.-Russian relations. The trilateral plot thickens.
Unless something radical happens, the president is a dead man golfing.
America’s status as a superpower has been damaged by its inability to beat the Taliban in nearly 20 years of war.
It seems the Americans have reached the same conclusion the Soviets had at the end of the 1980s, when they finally realized that their own decade-long imperial foray into Afghanistan was doomed to fail.
A major U.S. concern, however, is the militant Islamic State group gaining ground in Afghanistan with the Afghan security forces and the Taliban fighting each other.
The latest insurgent violence included one of the most appalling attacks in recent times, yet the country will get little help from the outside world.
The U.S. election year makes bringing troops home a top priority.
That America, barely 48 hours earlier, had threatened to cut aid worth $1 billion, scarcely addresses the fundamental malaise in a tormented land.
Deal struck between the US and Taliban offers hope, but regional powers have to stop channelling weapons to Afghan allies and intensifying civil war.
[I]t seems that the United States has intentionally lost the war to the Taliban insurgency.