The withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan, along with the collapse of the Afghanistan government and the resumption of control by the Taliban, has been a painful episode to watch play out over the past couple of weeks. So, I’d like to reflect on this experience a bit, and also take a moment to look at what Christianity traditionally believes about war.

First, I believe our country could have done all of this better. At the same time, I’m grateful for the insight of an American history professor at Boston College, Heather Cox Richardson, who has provided some helpful analysis I’d like to share with you.

About the writer: The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, Tribune community columnist, serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven. Information about his parish can be found at www.sjegh.com.

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edwards1

2 Timothy 4:3,4.

Rottweiler

For your u to claim to analyze this as a Christian and then Blair Trump for Biden’s debacle shows what a political hack and fool you really are. You are entitled to your opinion but not your own facts. Get a life Cramer.. Biden has reversed every other Trump decision there was no stopping him from reversing this one.

Dr. Vladtheimp

At some point maybe the biased, hate-filled Rev. will understand that when he tosses a partisan lie into one of his endless homilies most of us will tune out and ignore whatever else he wants to convey.

Heather Cox Richardson is an avowed, committed Leftist who infects her history writings with partisan hatred. Don’t take my word for it – believe the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The agreement President Trump’s administration signed with the Taliban was a framework, with future decision based on conditions in Afghanistan and the Taliban living up to certain promises, including a reaching a negotiated peace agreement with the Afghan government; if the Taliban reneged on their side of the bargain, the U.S. could void the agreement.

The Taliban breached the agreement by attacking the government nationwide rather than reaching a peace agreement. Biden could have withdrawn from the agreement but instead chose to surrender and to leave hundreds if not thousands of Americans in the hands of a terrorist organization. Funny that escaped the esteemed Leftist historian.

Don’t believe me, believe the Associated Press: “But Biden can go only so far in claiming the agreement boxed him in. It had an escape clause: The U.S. could have withdrawn from the accord if Afghan peace talks failed. They did, but Biden chose to stay in it, although he delayed the complete pullout from May to September.”

Furthermore, Biden reversed any number of actions and agreements of President Trump – only in Afghanistan did he feel compelled to follow an agreement (which had an escape clause in any event)?

Stay in your lane, Rev. Otherwise I might have to remind you that your President Barack Hussein Obama sent a surge of 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan to win his just war.

Lanivan

"Mr. Trump agreed to withdraw all coalition forces from Afghanistan in 14 months, end all military and contractor support to Afghan security forces and cease “intervening in its domestic affairs.” He forced the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban fighters and relax economic sanctions. He agreed that the Taliban could continue to commit violence against the government we were there to support, against innocent people and against those who’d assisted our efforts to keep Americans safe. All the Taliban had to do was say they would stop targeting U.S. or coalition forces, not permit Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to use Afghan territory to threaten U.S. security and subsequently hold negotiations with the Afghan government.

Not only did the agreement have no inspection or enforcement mechanisms, but despite Mr. Trump’s claim that “If bad things happen, we’ll go back with a force like no one’s ever seen,” the administration made no attempt to enforce its terms. Trump’s own former national security adviser called it “a surrender agreement.”" American Enterprise Institute.

Lanivan

Your claims regarding Heather Cox Richardson are ridiculous not to mention deliberately inflammatory. Not that there is anything wrong with being "leftist" - the left being pro-democracy and "right" being pro-fascism.

Richardson, a history professor at Boston College who specializes in 19th century Reconstruction history and who calls herself a Lincoln Republican, writes a detailed daily newsletter based on facts compiled with an historical context to help understand and give perspective.

Apparently this very interesting, well-written, calm and steady, factual, slightly nerdy newsletter written by a history professor is really, really scary to you!

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