If I was asking on exam for some of the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union, and a student stated it was because of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan I might give a few pity points, but the notion that Afghanistan "bankrupted" the Soviet Union, and that is why it is now Russian Federation is just ridiculous. Russia. So you tend to look at other countries.
Subsequently, Prime Minister Khan had led the sharp reaction by political leaders to Trump's tirade against Pakistan by hinting at review of foreign policy options and asking the U.S. president to introspect on the real reasons for America's failure in Afghanistan. "Library! That's like five hours of what we spend (in Afghanistan)". But if Pakistan would help us, we could get Taliban to the table and end the war in Afghanistan. Earlier, Indian delegates were on the same table with the Taliban in the "Moscow format" of talks, a Russian initiative on Afghanistan.
It is not clear why Trump would claim that Modi told him that India has built a library in Afghanistan - since there is no such project.
Trump has been demanding that funds worth $5 million be sanctioned for the goal, whereas the Democrats have offered to continue the current funding of $1.3 billion.
While not confirming plans for withdrawal, Miller said Tuesday at an event in Kabul that a major policy review is underway on the overall USA objective of driving the Taliban to a peace agreement with the Afghan government.
Earlier, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, who is considered close to President Trump, told CNN in an interview that if Pakistan helped the U.S. in bringing the Taliban to the table for negotiations, then the USA would focus on counterterrorism and the ISIS.
"India's there. Russia's there", he said. "We are talking to a lot of different people".
"We want to have a great relationship with Pakistan, but they house the enemy".
They added that "India's partnership with Afghanistan is built on the specific needs and requirements worked out with the government of Afghanistan and is aimed at the welfare of the people of Afghanistan and for a tangible improvement in the lives of its people". Trump said on Mattis. "They were right to be there", he said.
Trump also expressed displeasure with his former defense secretary and other top military officials for what he described as the endless war in Afghanistan and fights against both the Taliban and Islamic State-Khorasan Province. It left after nine years, exhausted by a guerrilla war staged by Afghan mujahideen supported and supplied by United States.