Statement From Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region.

This new strategy signals clear support for the Afghan people and government. We will continue to support the Afghan government and security forces in their fight against terrorists and prevent the reestablishment of safe havens in the country.

Our new strategy breaks from previous approaches that set artificial calendar-based deadlines. We are making clear to the Taliban that they will not win on the battlefield. The Taliban has a path to peace and political legitimacy through a negotiated political settlement to end the war.

We stand ready to support peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban without preconditions. We look to the international community, particularly Afghanistan’s neighbors, to join us in supporting an Afghan peace process.

Pakistan has suffered greatly from terrorism and can be an important partner in our shared goals of peace and stability in the region. We look to Pakistan to take decisive action against militant groups based in Pakistan that are a threat to the region. It is vital to U.S. interests that Afghanistan and Pakistan prevent terrorist sanctuaries.

India will be an important partner in the effort to ensure peace and stability in the region, and we welcome its role in supporting Afghanistan’s political and economic modernization.  (link)

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50 Responses to Statement From Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

  1. RedBallExpress says:

    The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

    Liked by 26 people

  2. magagirl says:

    I really hope their plan works, so grateful for our President. 🙏🙏

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Ronald Floyd says:

    Great message Mr. President. We’re with you 100%!

    Liked by 8 people

  4. scottmc37 says:

    Sounds good, 100x better than previous plans. Will it work? Maybe, I mean just calling out Pakistan which was hiding Bin Laden is a step forward…..Pak used to be almost a second world country and I had an afgan working for me in 1990 who was a pilot on the afgan-London flight and when the soviets invaded he stayed in London. But Afgan had regular flights, hotels etc etc that an average person could go to and not be dead…

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Publius2016 says:

    Yes, excellent…soft power of a Great Nation.

    Liked by 1 person

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Trump gets that we can’t just drop out – not without all the WINNING that is possible. Not winning war – winning peace.

      All these simple minds criticizing him on the internet – the “Bernista-type” America Firsters, don’t really get that a Trump exit will look nothing like a Bush stayexit or an Obama exitstay – mistakes all. Trump wants to END Afghanistan as a failed state by using the power of India to change it.

      This guy may be more brilliant than Marcus Aurelius.

      Remind yourself that past and future have no power over you. Only the present…

      Completely unafraid to break from the past, and to create the future.

      Liked by 10 people

      • gymcy81 says:

        Too bad – for the country – that Marcus’s son, Commodus, did not learn his father’s wisdom and honest strength. There certainly were ample opportunities.

        [ that is a problem in other families, too ]


        Liked by 1 person

  6. fangdog says:

    The plan will work because the plan working is 100% dependent on the United States. It is the plan working which benefits all Countries. Defy the plan then what have you gained?

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Donna in Oregon says:

    This was well thought out. Not like the other President’s that signed us up for this crap beginning with George HW Bush thru Obama. So sick of this part of the world, always having some disagreement since 634 AD. They don’t know how to get along with anyone. Religion of peace, my azz. That’s what the fight has been about. Religion.

    Only military strongmen can control these Lunatics. It is never going to end. Inbred, crazy, power mad. Ugh, make it go away. Put someone fair but firm in charge and then take away all their I Phones.

    Liked by 8 people

  8. rf121 says:

    Giving Modi all that time with PT was a definite message to Pakistan and now with this speech I bet they will be having a big re-think on what they are planning going forward. It is a dangerous game as those two countries do not like each other and they have nukes.

    Liked by 7 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Yes, but Trump is putting them on a track where PEACE is the winning move.

      I have likened Afghanistan to Pakistan’s abused child. India won’t abuse it. India will nurture and strengthen it. So what is Pakistan going to do? If they up the terrorism, they will quickly discover they are not dealing with Obama. Or they can try to compete with India for the affection of Afghanistan. End result – the failed state condition becomes OLD history.

      Trump is creating/priming economic incentives that put value on regional stability, peace, growth and self-determination, and devalue war.

      State Department liberals can actually make themselves useful here, rather than harming everybody by enabling nukes and commies (or whatever it was they were doing under Hillary).

      Oh, my. Bonus. Keep the Canklebots busy. 😉

      Liked by 3 people

  9. mikebrezzze says:

    In other words, T Rex says, “give up or die!”

    Liked by 5 people

  10. Minnie says:

    That one statement says it all.

    No further discussion necessarily.


  11. DoggyDaddy says:

    India has long had good relations with Afghanistan. India provides more humanitarian aid and support for infrastructure reconstruction to Afghanistan than any other South Asia nation (power plants, road building, health services, education facilities and exchanges, air links, etc. — the Salma Dam in western Afghanistan was a joint Afghan-Indian project funded by India; as was the new Afghan Parliament building in Kabul). Afghanistan and India signed a strategic military partnership agreement in 2011 (weapons, equipment, training for Afghan military and police services) — the first such agreement for Afghanistan since the Soviet days. India is committed to Afghanistan.

    Liked by 13 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      TY for this background information. I’m not up to snuff on India-Afghan. This makes this scenario hopeful as PT will put lots of pressure on Pak – as only he can do.

      Liked by 8 people

      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Exactly. Everything is there that is needed for a huge increase in Indian presence and investment.

        Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm. Trump do be da MASTAH FLANKAH.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Long story short, a huge reason why Pakistan nurtured the Taliban, and inflicted it upon Afghanistan, is to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a stable ally of India hemming Pakistan in. Afghanistan as a broken country and a failed state was preferable to the other alternatives; Afghanistan as a Taliban-ruled hotbed of fanaticism, not ideal but also preferable to an ally of India. But Taliban terrorism in Pakistan has muddled those longstanding assumptions to some degree.


  12. MaineCoon says:

    “Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region.”

    “Taliban has a path to peace and political legitimacy through a negotiated political settlement to end the war.”

    “We look to Pakistan to take decisive action against militant groups based in Pakistan that are a threat to the region. It is vital to U.S. interests that Afghanistan and Pakistan prevent terrorist sanctuaries.”

    This is phenomenal. It’s brilliant.

    Have you noticed that Israel is no longer the problem kid on the block?

    If President Trump can bring all these nations to peace in large regional yet interacting/interlocking blocks, high likelihood Israel will have peace too.

    This is truly mind boggling.

    God bless President Trump and his cabinet.

    Liked by 15 people

  13. mswords000 says:

    One of the things I like best about President Trump’s administration is that Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis are working so closely together in unfolding President Trump’s vision and plans.

    Liked by 13 people

    • carrierh says:

      Actually it appears that ALL current cabinet members are engaged in a meeting to talk about what they think should or might be done, then the military adds their ideas, and then Trump imputs all the information/suggestions and makes a final decision. He is a great strategist and that is why he gets things done and solves problems. Of course, the media immediately after his speech started he didn’t say where/when/how or how many military, and their usual garbage because he will inform us and not them. Bless their little hearts!

      Liked by 9 people

      • piper567 says:

        …and we are supposed to give any attention at all to whatever it is msm deems important?
        why would this be?

        Liked by 5 people

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          The big lesson we should take is this. The public needs to be roughly 66%-75% better informed than the media, making the media unnecessary for all but people who don’t take any time to keep up. That way, we elect good people, and ignore the media from here on out. Letting the media TELL us anything was a mistake. They are there to tell a bad version of the truth to the dummies who can’t keep up. We all got lazy, and we paid for it. NEVER AGAIN.

          Liked by 5 people

          • msmelchizadek says:

            Exactly! We got lazy. We made the mistake of trusting that the people we voted for were going to do their jobs. Now, we know the truth and it has set us free; free to correct our mistakes and with God’s help (I don’t believe we can do anything without Him), we will make a better life for our children and grandchildren. Scripture says, “…prayers of a righteous man availeth much.”

            Liked by 2 people

      • mswords000 says:

        Agree with you. After I posted, I wished I would have added especially Secretaries Ross and Mnuchin. But yes, all are working together.


    • DoggyDaddy says:

      Spot on!

      Liked by 2 people

    • JT says:

      I like the immediate backup this statement by Tillerson provided Trump. its a total team effort, tightly knit and closely bound. in other admins most decisions were made with the input of a few depts at best, in other words it was in all done by silo.

      Liked by 2 people

      • mswords000 says:

        Also heard Mattis give a speech where he mentioned Tillerson pushing to solve the problem, but the military would take over if needed. It’s kind of like they’re playing doubles.


      • mswords000 says:

        I really like what you said about past administrations and “silo.” That exactly hits what I was thinking. President Trump’s administration isn’t working in silos. Past politicians (most of them having done nothing but be politicians) don’t seem to get the concept (except maybe in sports) of what a team effort means and how effective can be.


  14. A2 says:

    Clear delineation of the new policy and consistent with the Syria policy.

    Of particular note the statement that “We are making clear to the Taliban that they will not win on the battlefield. The Taliban has a path to peace and political legitimacy through a negotiated political settlement to end the war” .

    I take this as a broad message to Assad and the free Syrian army as the defeat of Daesh is coming to fruition.

    Liked by 4 people

  15. NJF says:

    Thank you for all you do T-Rex!

    Liked by 5 people

  16. carrierh says:

    The best is these countries have to take over and control their countries and rid it of the Taliban in particular as well as ISIS and Alguaeda and stop being a tribal country but a united country for the good of their people. What Trump is doing is saying is it is their country to be run as they choose and their people/military have to be engaged. In other words we will be there but to help organization and their military actions. Not clear if our military will be fighting or just directing but we know when we must.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Paul Revere says:

    Simply brilliant! We have a government of the people by the people and for the people in these great men and women. With President Trumps leadership there is nothing we cannot accomplish!

    Liked by 2 people

  18. MAGADJT says:

    Smart to engage positively with India. Indian immigrants were went big for Trump in 2016.

    Liked by 5 people

  19. freddiel says:

    The Taliban has a path to peace and political legitimacy through a negotiated political settlement to end the war.

    WOW. That’s an offer they probably never heard before. Let’s hope they take this route.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Gadsenfly says:

    Outsourcing to India and Pakistan. Brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Edith Wenzel says:

    Sorry, but I miss the point of the hairy image of President Trump. I try to find humour in it, but I don’t believe he is a joke. Tell me the point please. I have never been good at picking up nuances – I like things to be straight up. Help!


    • chbailey says:

      I replied to you but it looks like my comment wasn’t indented, so just in case, I’ll leave this note that my reply is below.


  22. chbailey says:

    If you adjust your monitor screen to its highest brightness and contrast, you will see that a close-up image of an eagle’s face and a picture of the face of POTUS Trump are dramatically superimposed…to me, this creatively illustrates – with the arrival of President Trump – the connection between American character to American symbolism.


  23. All American Snowflake says:

    I love that man, T Rex! ♥


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