Peace is the Prize – President Trump Holds Bilateral Meeting With Afghan President Ghani on Thanksgiving Day – Video and Transcript….

After President Trump met with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un to stop a region headed toward military crisis, the President was asked about the Nobel peace prize for his efforts with South Korean Moon Jae-in. President Trump responded: “Peace is the prize“.

Yesterday U.S. President Donald Trump secretly flew to Afghanistan to spend time with U.S. troops on Thanksgiving day.   While he was there President Trump met with Afghanistan President Ghani to discuss the groundwork for renewed discussions with Taliban leadership in an effort to construct a peace agreement in the highly tribal nation. [Video and Transcript Below]


[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It’s great to be in Afghanistan with our troops. And we had a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch. It was abbreviated a little bit, but we served lunch and had lunch. And these are great people, and it’s also wonderful to be with the President of Afghanistan. And, President Ghani, thank you very much. It’s an honor.

We have a lot of things to talk about — many, many things. We’ve had tremendous success in the last few months with our military, as you know. ISIS has been very — very badly hit, very severely hit. We had al-Baghdadi down in a different part to the world, and we took him out. That was the father of ISIS — the founder. And he was trying to rebuild it, and that didn’t work out too well for him.

But we had tremendous success with ISIS over the last three to four months, and we’re down to a very small number. And likewise, with al Qaeda, we’re down to a very small number. And the Taliban wants to make a deal. We’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do. And if they don’t, they don’t. That’s fine. But we’ve had tremendous success.

And I think what I’d like to do — and perhaps, General, if you could say just a couple of words before President Ghani. Tell him about how we’ve literally decimated ISIS in Afghanistan, also al Qaeda in Afghanistan, if you would.

GENERAL MILLEY: Sure, absolutely, Mr. President. And, President Ghani, good to see you again. And we had a great meeting earlier today.

And as you know, Scott Miller and the troops here, and Afghan troops and international troops, have all put a significant amount of pressure on ISIS, particularly in Nangarhar. And they’ve been hurt bad. Their numbers have been treaded and dwindled significantly. Organizationally, they have not been destroyed but they have been severely hurt. And that pressure will continue.

And as the President mentioned, there’s ongoing talks with the Taliban, and hopefully those will be successful. And hopefully we’ll — that will lead to Afghan-to-Afghan dialogue in the not-too-distant future.

So I think there’s been some significant progress, Mr. President. And I thank Scott Miller and the Ambassador. And the entire team of U.S. forces here, in combination with the Afghan National Security Forces, has done a great job.

So thanks for your support.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good. Thank you very much, General.

And, Scotty, do you want to just mention how much — what we’re left with? You’re down to very small numbers with ISIS, and also you’re down to very, very small with al Qaeda. Do you want to mention that?

GENERAL MILLER: Mr. President, with the Afghan forces, particularly over the last 30 days of this — although it’s been a long fight — we’ve seen a — quite a few surrenders by Daesh/ISIS fighters, as well as their families, coming out of southern Nangarhar, which, as everybody knows, that’s a — been a tough set of terrain for the United States of America and Afghanistan.

Since 2001, it was a safe haven for bin Laden in the early days, and been a pretty remarkable military operation, as well as the following operations with the Afghans.

PRESIDENT GHANI: It (inaudible) al Qaeda South Asia.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We made that tremendous progress though over the last, I would say, six months. And we’ve really, with respect to ISIS and al Qaeda. And we’ve hit them very, very hard. And they’re down to literally hundreds as opposed to thousands. They had many thousands a short while ago, and now they’re down to hundreds. Probably 200 left. And we’re scouting them out. So we’ll be down to very little, if anything, in a very short period of time.

Great job, by the way. Great job.

GENERAL MILLER: Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Appreciate it, Scotty.

Mr. President, please.

PRESIDENT GHANI: Well, Mr. President, it’s a great honor and pleasure to welcome you. Let me first pay tribute to the Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

From 2001, 2,298 Americans — might be one or two difference — paid the ultimate sacrifice. We salute their courage and their determination for your security and our freedom.

Since you’ve been President, the number has been 52. So it’s been a tremendous change. Afghan Security Forces are taking the lead now in most of operations. I would like to pay tribute to General Miller and to Ambassador Bass for their remarkable partnership with their problem solving and our security forces. Our team is here; has gone from strength to strength.

I’d like to thank you for your leadership and for your determination both on the South Asia strategy that made this possible and on your very principled decisions regarding putting limits on the type of peace that would ensure the gains of the past years and ensure your security and our freedom.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right. Well, as you know, for a period of time, we’ve been wanting to make a deal and so have the Taliban. Then we pulled back. We were getting close and we pulled back. We didn’t want to do it because of what they did. It was not a good — it was not a good thing they did with the killing a soldier. They knew he was a soldier, but he was a solider — an American soldier from Puerto Rico. And they killed him. They killed a United Nations soldier. And they also killed — they killed a total of 12 people. They thought that was good negotiating power. I said, “No, that’s bad negotiating power.” That was not good what they did.

And since then, we’ve hit them so hard, they’ve never been hit this hard. In the history of the war, they have not — never been hit hard.

And they want to make a deal. So we’ll see what happens. If they make it, fine. If they don’t make it, that’s fine.

We’re going to be able to do everything we’re doing, and actually more. And at the same time, we’re bringing down the number of troops substantially. But we’re able to because of the weaponry and all of the things that we have in place. We can do, actually, more damage with even fewer troops.

So we’re going to — we’re bringing it down very substantially. And we’ll be down at a number that’s very — it’s a good number. And we’re going to stay until such time as we have a deal or we have total victory. And they want to make a deal very badly.

So we’re dealing with — this is really for the media, I guess, more than anybody, because the President knows what I’m saying. The Taliban wants to make a deal. And we’re meeting with them, and we’re saying it has to be a ceasefire. They didn’t want to do a ceasefire, but now they do want to do a ceasefire, I believe. And it will probably work out that way. And we’ll see what happens. But we’ve made tremendous progress.

But the thing I’m most proud of — because you could look at Taliban and say they’re fighting for their land; you could look at, you know, others and say they’re fighting for other things. But we know what ISIS is fighting for and we know what al Qaeda is fighting for. And we have them down to a very small number of people. So — and that won’t be — that will not be a long-lasting fight. That will be over with very soon.

So we made a lot of progress, and, at the same time, we’re drawing down our troops. And, by the way, the same thing in Syria. I have to tell you, there was false reporting in the New York Times and some of the others, yesterday.

We — as you know, we did withdraw from Syria, except we kept the oil. And we’re doing a little scattered fighting because we had some areas where ISIS was a little prevalent and gaining some traction. And we sent some troops in and pretty much wiped it out. But we have left — for the most part, we’ve left, but we’ve kept the oil. And by keeping the oil, we don’t have the enemy getting the oil. And the oil is what fueled the enemy. In this case, it was ISIS.

And so in addition to — in addition to what we did two weeks ago, which was pretty remarkable, the — what that group of young people was able to do very rapidly and very surgically, we are only in an area where we’re keeping the oil and knocking out certain small groups of ISIS as it reforms. We don’t want to — as it — as it reforms, it gets back, it tries to get back.

But we’ve also knocked out — Mr. President, as you know, we knocked out the number-two person who became the number-one person. And now we have our sights on the number-three person, who’s going to be the number-one person, if he wants it. You know, it’s not a good job. I don’t think he wants it. Maybe he doesn’t want it so badly. He’s not acting too quickly.

So we’ve had tremendous success. And we’ve had tremendous success here, especially over the last period of six months to a year. So it’s very — very nice to be with be with you.

PRESIDENT GHANI: It’s a pleasure.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Very, very nice. Thank you.

PRESIDENT GHANI: Thank you, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, thank you very much everybody.

Q Mr. President, will you withdraw without a deal? Will you withdraw if there is no deal?

Q Has the U.S. restarted peace talks with the Talban?


Q Has the U.S. restarted peace talks with the Taliban?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, we’re talking to the Taliban. Yeah.

Q Are you prepared to withdraw even without a deal?

Q And will you include the Afghan —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I would never say a thing like that. You wouldn’t want me to say a thing like that. But I could just say this: We haven’t had so much success in this — in this country, in this area. We haven’t had success like this probably from the beginning, certainly as it relates to ISIS and al Qaeda, which is a very primary aim. But we’ve had very good success in talks with the Taliban.

Q You said that you’re, at this point, pulling out troops. How many troops are currently in Afghanistan? And what is the plan for —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’ll give you those numbers later, but we’ll get down to a certain number. I’m not sure I want to give you that number, to be honest. But it’s a very big difference. But because of new weaponry and technology, we’re able to do actually more with fewer troops.

Q You had mentioned 8,600. Is that not the number anymore, sir?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It’s a number that people are talking about, yes.

Q And is that the number you’re talking about?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yeah, it is, for now. And then we can do much better than that.

Q Would you like to get it lower, sir?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We can go much further than that. But we’ll have it all covered.

You know, this is a country where, for whatever reason, they reform, they regenerate. And we don’t want that to happen. And we also have the support of a lot of other countries, by the way. We have a lot of help from a lot of other countries. But don’t let anybody tell you that’s it’s anybody else, because we’re leading it all the way.

And frankly — and frankly, that’s one of the thing. We — look, we’re in an area of the world — we’re 8,000 miles away. Some of us — I guess, most of us came here together. We want other players in this area to help. They don’t like ISIS either. They don’t like al Qaeda either. And they have to help also. You have countries that are right nearby that are very big, that have power, and they should be doing some of the work too, not just the United States.

Thank you very much everybody.


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58 Responses to Peace is the Prize – President Trump Holds Bilateral Meeting With Afghan President Ghani on Thanksgiving Day – Video and Transcript….

  1. budklatsch says:

    Amen to all our prayers!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Dee Paul Deje says:

    There’s POTUS cradling that huge set again as he negotiates with another world leader.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Publius2016 says:

    Why are we there? Simple…China Iran Russia…will we ever leave? No.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Parker Longbaugh says:

    Not another U.S. service member should sacrifice their life for Afghanistan.

    Liked by 11 people

    • JohnCasper says:

      The Mullah’s Hemorrhoid of Afghanistan isn’t worth a single blood cell from a single American solder, nor a single penny from a single American tax payer, and any General who would pressure the President to keep them there isn’t either.


    • scrap1ron says:

      The only reason to be there was to hunt down and kill Bin Laden. It’s been long past time to go, with one caveat. Harbor any more Bin Ladens that murder Americans and we’ll be back to make the rubble bounce.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. JohnCasper says:

    But where will we be if we ever lose the Mullah’s Hemorrhoid that is Afghanistan?


  6. David R. Graham says:

    CJCS is way overweight. Who is the person in glasses wearing western boots on the right, seated next to the slouching 4-star who is seated next to CJCS? Is that Senator Grassley?


  7. JohnCasper says:

    Time to finally end Operation Enduring Stupidity, the Trillion Dollar Bridge to Nowhere/ Bridge on the River Kwai 2.0, where nothing has been achieved even remotely worth the price in lives, limbs and treasure and nothing ever will be. The Pentagon’s epically incompetent Bourbon (“They have leaned nothing and they have forgotten nothing”) Generals have used their own troops as Lab Rats and it is now year 19 of their failed sociology experiment from Hell.


    • Dutchman says:

      Well, things ARE better. VERY different rules of engagement,…a POTUS who clearly WANTS to get the hell OUT of that hell hole,..and is willing to buck the brass, to support the troops.

      A whole WORLD of difference, from the Obummer years, so lets start by being very THANKFUL for that!

      Its MUCH harder to get OUT of a war, than to get IN one. This is a lesson of our recent history, Nixon WANTED to get out of Viet Nam, took what? 6 years, I think.

      And, the only ‘peace’in Afcrapistan will be a political solution, and that means the afcrap government reaching some accomodation with the,Taliban.

      Or, nuking em. So, PDJT is trying to work it out, and I’m o.k. with what he is doing.

      Wish he would houseclean the Pentagon, but maybe second term,..

      Liked by 7 people

      • JohnCasper says:

        “This is a lesson of our recent history, Nixon WANTED to get out of Viet Nam, took what? 6 years, I think.”

        Nixon took office January 1969. Although the war ‘technically’ didn’t end until about 6 years later, virtually all American troops were out by the end of 1972. I remember that well. I was one of them. I never came across anyone back then who wanted to stay.

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      • jrapdx says:

        I guess a big question is whether a “political solution” in Afghanistan is even possible. Would the Taliban (and their Iranian, Pakistani, Chinese and Russian backers) negotiate in good faith? Are any of these entities/countries really trustworthy? It creates a tremendous dilemma for President Trump who wants very much to have our troops return home.

        It’s difficult to see how the situation can be satisfactorily resolved—the US can’t and should not be the world’s cops, yet we don’t want to see Iran, et. al., gain greater means to destabilize the middle east more than already exists.

        Let’s keep offering our prayers for PT that a satisfactory solution can be found.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Dutchman says:

          If anyone can, he can. He seems to thrive on creating the conditions for resolving seemingly intractable solutions.
          He also is detirmined to leave office with things much better than when he arrived.
          His predesesors, whether thru deliberate intent, gross incompetence or groupthink, seemed detirmined to do the opposite.

          Yrs, constant prayers of gratitude AND guidance, for PDJT.

          Liked by 7 people

          • jrapdx says:

            Completely agree with that. No one is better than PT at putting together solutions to seemingly impossible situations.

            Afghanistan will be among the biggest challenges PT has faced. Maybe even bigger than the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
            Though it sure seems PT has made positive moves on that front, so reason to think Afghanistan isn’t utterly hopeless.


      • Nuke, or at least MOAB, the poppy fields.


  8. jrapdx says:

    No argument the Afghanistan adventure is exceedingly, and rightfully, unpopular in the US. However AIUI Iran, Pakistan, Russia, China are all eagerly looking for the US to leave a power vacuum as forces are withdrawn. This reality paints a troublesome picture for the US—we can’t wind down presence in Afghanistan without exposing vulnerability to takeover by these malign adversaries.

    While President Trump very much wants to finally resolve US Afghanistan involvement, whether a legitimate Afghanistan government will be able to prevent Taliban (and their backers) taking over is quite doubtful, hence total removal of US troops from Afghanistan could well be unwise for the foreseeable future.

    Liked by 1 person

    • @ChicagoBri says:

      You are offering an excuse for remaining in perpetuity. It was a mess before the Soviets went it; it was a mess before the Americans went in; and it will be a mess when the next power goes in. Let some other nation with delusions of grandeur and empire have at it – why should Americans care?

      Liked by 6 people

      • JohnCasper says:



      • cdor1 says:

        Good arguments can be made for both staying and leaving, but I lean heavily towards your argument for leaving. Unless we do in Afghanistan what the President is doing in Syria. There isn’t any oil, but there are minerals, some rare earth minerals in large quantities. The Chinese are only interested in that. If we stay, ROE should be terrifying to the enemy and the minerals should be handed over to the USA.


      • jrapdx says:

        You’re right of course, Americans don’t want our troops to go on and on in Afghanistan. I wasn’t advocating the US continue in Afghanistan in perpetuity.

        It’s just that it’s not easy to withdraw without leaving a vacuum that enemies will fill. Americans should care because it may well be a serious challenge to US interests in the region.

        I fully expect President Trump is well aware of the risks in keeping troops there vs. bringing them home. To be sure a knife-edge balance to handle, but if anyone is capable of accomplishing the goal PT is surely the man for the job.


        • @ChicagoBri says:

          I get it. This is why it’s foolhardy for democracies to go to war. Half of the population doesn’t want to go; would no longer support total victory; and won’t support what is required to achieve surrender. The other half tires after almost two decades with little to show. The only proponents for staying are those with financial interests that we never get to see.

          While I believe G.W. Bush to be perhaps the worst president in our history, he didn’t surge troops into Afghanistan. For the Democrats, Afghanistan was the good war they would support. Until they didn’t.

          Liked by 1 person

          • jrapdx says:

            A “good war” is an oxymoron. Except for the entities and people getting rich off of warfare there’s next to nothing “good” about it.

            Once engaged in a war history shows it’s often hard to end. Look how many wars have gone on for decades, protracted war is hardly a rarity.

            So we conclude Afghanistan is an endless quagmire, best to bail, gracefully if possible but it probably isn’t. I don’t know what can be structured to minimize risks of Afghanistan again becoming a breeding ground of terrorism which we can bet Iran will do its best to make happen.

            Maybe President Trump has some ideas about solving the hitherto insoluble problems of bringing true peace to the war torn country. It requires constraining the malign interference of Iran and China, that seems a tall task indeed, let’s hope it is at least possible.


            • Rhoda R says:

              That may be why he’s focusing on neutering Iran. Pakistan started the taliban, let them deal with those brain-dead fanatics.

              Liked by 1 person

              • jrapdx says:

                Your fingers to God’s ear. When Iran is neutralized what a blessing it will be for all the nations of the region, and the world. Pakistan isn’t a threat like a Iran, much easier to deal with and indeed PT has already put the leaders on notice of what’s to come.


      • CirclinTheDrain says:

        The only reason we should care is because of the poppy fields. They are I believe the worlds largest producer of heroin. It’s a gold mine in that sense.


  9. sarasotosfan says:

    Trump wants to become THE Peacetime President and all of his actions overtly demonstrate that to him the status quo of our troops becoming the police and social workers of the world is going to be halted under his direction.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. JohnCasper says:

    The Americans killed in Afghanistan over the last way too long 18 years were real people, real Americans, and they all have names.


  11. JohnCasper says:

    If we leave Afghanistan and Russia (although I think they already had quite enough of Afghanistan) and/or China and/or Iran and/or Timbuktu move in, I say let them have the pile of $hit and I hope they enjoy it. Let then bleed troops lives and limbs and $$$$$$$$$$ for the next 18 years, or the rest of eternity, not us anymore.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. JohnCasper says:

    Written by: Diana West
    Sunday, October 04, 2009

    “The United States of America has already tried improving Afghan safety and quality of life, and on a colossal scale, and it just didn’t stick. And back then, between 1946 and 1979, there was no Taliban “insurgency” complicating the social work of nation-building.

    This decades-long episode of US-Afghan history has been erased from our national consciousness, pricked only by the odd “remember when” news report. Such national memory loss is probably due to the fact that these US efforts to improve Afghanistan have themselves been erased from Afghanistan. Of course, for nation-building utopians such as McChrystal — those from Right to Left who see different peoples and different cultures as interchangeable markers on a games board — reality never tempers the fanaticism.”

    Liked by 2 people

  13. The ball game is over. Burn the poppy fields. Bring the troops home.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Derek Hagen says:

    There are minerals in the Afghan mountains. China is after them. We need those minerals, not them.


    • felipe says:

      Derek: This is the first I’ve heard of that. I was intrigued by the Afghan president pointedly, twice, referred to the US/Afghani adversary as “South Asia”. “Security for you. Freedom for us.” Security of what?


    • Kay Emig says:

      No blood for minerals. The world is a big place to find things – without killing our fine young people to mine or buy minerals. Or fancy coffee beans, or oil or whatever. If we’re not willing to nuke ‘em from orbit to counter a direct threat, then it’s past time to let them alone to create whatever shithole social arrangements they want in their own country. Forgive me.

      Liked by 2 people

  15. Doug Amos says:

    With every passing day President Trump makes the world a better place.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Katherine McCoun says:

    By making this a secret trip how broadly were the plans known within the WH and the State Dept.? Any State Dept whiners going to get their feelings hurt for not being in the loop? For President Trump not taking their advice or following their plans? Or, by making this a secret trip with few people in the loop, did he bypass all of that?


  17. RLTW says:

    Just cut away from Afghanistan and Iraq President Trump. “We have to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here.” I know the people advising you tell you this on a daily basis.

    This is the stupidest line of reasoning ever put into words. Our enemy has no navy or Air Force and they are literally on other side of the world. The only reason we have to fight them over here is that we keep allowing them to board commercial airliners and come to our Country.

    Pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq, ban Muslims from entering the United States and deport the Muslims who are already here. Problem solved.

    People say this is prejudiced against Muslims. Yes it is. Muslims are openly prejudiced against Western Civilization and openly proclaim their intent to destroy it. Our two civilizations can never co-exist. The more Muslims immigrate to white Christian Western Countries that they proclaim to hate the more the war will escalate.

    We have lost thousands of men over the last 18 years. Islam has lost hundreds of thousands. And now we have a President who is willing to unleash the full force of the American Warfighter for the first time since WW II, which means the bodycount on the Muslim side is about to go into the millions.

    There is no need for this. Muslims stay in your part of the world and we Christians will stay in our’s. Our tolerance and generosity are at once our greatest weakness and the Muslim’s only real weapon. Once that disappears, and it nearly has, Islam will laid naked to the Curtis Lemay tactics that won WW-II:

    Kill one hundred thousand civilians every day until their soldiers surrender unconditionally. Firebomb Dresden and kill six hundred thousand Civilians. Nuke Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Round up all Muslims and put them in concentration camps (the USA rounded up all German, Italian and Japanese and put them in concentration camps until the end of WW-II).. That’s what America’s “greatest generation” had to do to win WW-II.

    That same American resolve is burning hot and ready to be unleashed. I think President Trump just might do it.

    So Muslims, please, stop your jihad. I’m tired of killing you. You are pathetic soldiers and at the end of the day we can wipe you out with the push of a button.

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  18. RLTW says:

    They better pay some mind. “All Enemies foreign and domestic.” Ring a bell? Quite frankly the General Officers all seem to be corrupt.

    The Generals are absolutely despised by the Special Operator ranks. They know this and know what the Special Operations ranks are capable of.

    Persecuting Golsteyn and Gallagher was a shot across our bow to warn us off. Didn’t work. And now we have a President who’s got our back.

    Total media blackout on the fact that there is an all out civil war raging in Baghdad right now. Over 400 killed in the last month.

    Those are the Sunnis fighting to take back their homelands that we handed over to the Shia Iranians in 2009 under the radical anti-Sunni, Shia militant Al-Maliki whom Bush and Cheney decided to appoint as Prime Minister.

    Oh but it’s much worse than that, Isn’t it Admiral McCraven? JSOC was used to assist Al Maliki in rounding up 15-20 thousand Military aged Sunni men, many of them our allies “The Sons of Iraq” so they could be handed over to the Malaki Shia Government and executed.

    That’s called genocide Admiral.

    A few of us figured out what you had us doing. We gathered and preserved the evidence. It has been provided to the appropriate officials, who will do nothing. But we have also provided it to the Sunni Muslims.

    Check out HR 390 and the JASTA Act Admiral. You are going to be dragged into court under a civil lawsuit by the Sunni Muslims. This is going to be revealed whether DOD and DOJ likes it or not.


    • RLTW says:

      Pretty sure you’ve been briefed on this President Trump. If not, insist on being provided a copy of “Post UNCR Conviction and Sentencing Based Targeting Operations” authored by the Asymmetrical Warfare Group which is characterized as the “crown jewel” of TRADOC. TRADOC writes doctrine for the US Military.

      Our doctrine in 2009 was the genocide and radicalization of the Sunni Muslim population of Iraq.

      If DOD has lost their copy of this plan, my attorneys and I have the original copy. Our copy might be different from what DOD provides you.


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