Afghan Explains Difference Between Trump and Obama
In a question-and-answer session at his residence, Afghan ambassador to the United States Hamdullah Mohib revealed that his conversations with the president led him to believe that Donald Trump “wants to win” the war on terror in Afghanistan.
In contrast, “all the (President Barack) Obama administration wanted to do was not lose” the war in Afghanistan, the diplomat said.
His depiction of the president also seemed to dispel the media depiction of Trump as intellectually shallow.
“I’ve personally met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago and the president has had two phone conversations with (Afghan) President Ghani,” Mohib said.
“One call was after he won the election and one after (Trump) became president. Before the calls, we were advised to keep conversations short because, we were told, Trump will not be interested in the details of the call and does not have a long attention span, so it would be pointless to have a long call.
“However, we were pleasantly surprised at how much time President Trump spent asking very informed questions,” Mohib revealed. “The first time the presidents spoke, the questions Trump asked impressed us. ‘How can you win in this fight (against terrorism)?’ he asked. ‘What do you need to become financially independent?’ and ‘How can American business invest in Afghanistan? How can we develop businesses and mining in your country?'”
That, he said, was a huge difference from the prior administration.
“Asking these types of questions for our country is something the Obama administration never did,” Mohib said. “The Obama administration was the most academic administration we have ever had to deal with, but the Trump administration has been the most thoughtful and intelligent.
“Trump continually asked, ‘How can you win? What does Afghanistan need to win?’ in reference to our fight with terrorism. Trump wants to win. Sincerely. All the Obama administration wanted to do was not lose.”
This sent a dangerous message to the terrorists, said Mohib, who has been his country’s ambassador to the U.S. since September 2015.
“The Obama administration was hesitant with us,” he explained. “The enemy could sense that. When the Obama administration announced its plans to pull troops out of the region, they announced the exact date they would do it.
“All our enemies had to do was wait (Obama) out,” he continued. “They knew the date they had to hang on until — which gave them the will to fight. They used that time to recruit and build up resources.”
We more or less knew that the former administration played not to lose in Afghanistan and had hindered the war on terror with its tactics, but it’s interesting to hear it from the mouth of Hamdullah Mohib. And he should know — according to a Washington Post profile, the 32-year-old practically grew up in refugee camps and was sent to England to escape the clutches of the Taliban.
One thing’s for sure — for at least the next four years, things are going to be very different.