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President Barack Obama wasn’t terribly tough on the Taliban, given his limited rules of engagement and the fact that he withdrew troops from the region like there was no tomorrow. And he certainly wasn’t tough on Pakistan, a nation which received boatloads of American aid despite doing almost nothing to fight terrorism.
That changed in a hurry under the Trump administration, which has renewed the American military emphasis on the Afghan crisis and recently moved to strip hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from Pakistan due to their unwillingness or inability (and my money’s on the former) to fight terrorism in the region.
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“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump tweeted at the time.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
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As it turns out, it’s not just American conservatives applauding the move. Afghans are also big proponents of the administration’s move against Pakistan, with one citizen’s council awarding the president a medal for his stand against the Pakistani government. A “jirga” — or local council — of 300 people who convened on Jan. 14 agreed to award the medal based on Trump’s recent decision to revoke aid to Afghanistan’s oft-troublesome neighbor.
“This is a handmade medal from available gold,” Said Farhad Akbari, a community leader in Logar Province, told Radio Free Europe.
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