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Is the US after peace in Afghanistan or just an exit plan?

This podcast was originally published by Here & There, on July 8th, 2019, with Dave Marash and Fuller Project correspondent Sophia Jones.

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There is a special kind of hypocrisy in wartime that is so deeply entrenched in human psychology, its best description comes from the Bible.

The Book of Jeremiah 6:14. “They dress my people’s wounds,” the Prophet says, “as though they were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”

Jeremiah pretty much summed up today’s American policy stance towards Afghanistan, lauding a “peace process” for which peace in Afghanistan is actually so far down the list of items on the agenda that it might never happen at all.

The U.S. is in the midst of prolonged negotiations with the Taliban which it likes to call peace talks, but really, they are not about peace, just the peaceful withdrawal of all American and other foreign forces from the country.

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