Veterans Slam ‘Horrible’ Trump For Inviting Taliban To Camp David Just Days Before 9/11
Donald Trump had planned a secret meeting with Taliban leaders and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David that would have taken place this week but it was called off after the Taliban claimed a suicide bombing in Kabul that killed a US soldier.
After learning of Trump’s attempt to hold a secret meeting, veterans who fought the Taliban in Afghanistan decided to call out the president, saying that it was a “horrible idea.”
“If there was an opportunity to declare peace (or meaningful progress toward peace) in good-faith on the anniversary of 9/11 or on any other day, I would celebrate with equal enthusiasm,” Adrian Bonenberger, writer and a two-time Army veteran of the Afghanistan war, told Business Insider via email.
“Having said that, it is unusual for peace talks to be proposed in territory that is not neutral, save in those cases where one side has been utterly subjugated by the other. I do not believe that is yet the case with the Taliban, or the Afghan government, and is certainly not the case with America’s proud and undefeated military.”
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Air National Guard pilot who flew missions over Afghanistan, tweeted, “Never should leaders of a terrorist organization that hasn’t renounced 9/11 and continues in evil be allowed in our great country. NEVER. Full stop,” in response to the president’s announcement.
“As we head into the anniversary of 9/11, I do not ever want to see these terrorists step foot on United States soil. Period,” GOP Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, a former Green Beret, told CNN on Sunday.
“There’s going to be conflicted emotions from people who served in Afghanistan about these peace talks, or potential peace talks,” said Jeremy Butler, the executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Association and a veteran of the Iraq war.
“Camp David is a place of high importance for the US,” Butler said. “You could say that it shows the seriousness of these talks.”