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(JollofNews) – Alexis De Tocqueville once said: “I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.”

President George Bush, and Donald Trump has placed America on the wrong side of history. Today US foreign policy finds itself at the bottom of a slippery slope. It has assumed many of the very features of the ‘rogue nations’ against which it has rhetorically and sometimes literally done battle over the years.

The legitimacy of US action in Afghanistan has vanished. Its war on terrorism has no support in the Islamic world and is fast becoming unpopular in the rest of the world. There is an old Russian saying: Once you let your feet get caught in a quagmire, your whole body will be sucked in.

Today the United States seems trapped in a bad story, with no way to change the script. The rationale for America’s war in Afghanistan is phony. American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan know it.

No wonder, army morale is dropping. How long is it going to take for America to recognize that the war in Afghanistan is a fiasco – tragic, deeply dehumanizing and ultimately unwinnable? One thing is clear, peace and stability will never resume if aggression continues and American soldiers remain on Afghan soil.

President Trump’s prime time speech on Afghanistan and his strategy is essentially identical to President Obama’s strategy. “Principled realism,” as Trump calls it, might as well have been President Obama’s campaign slogan in 2012.

President Donald Trump will not be putting his ideology ahead of pragmatism here, contrary to the platform he espoused for a year and a half. Virtually, every campaign promise Trump has tried to follow through on has been, very predictably, a dismal failure of amazing magnitude. Now watch, he’s going to adopt Obama era foreign policies and try to rebrand his newfound temperament as “principled realism.”

U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and Afghan National Army soldiers conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan, Zabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 30, 2009. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

President Trump, who for years had called for the US to withdraw from Afghanistan, is expected an increase of 4,000 troops and ask the American people to trust him in a primetime address to the nation. The US still has about thousands of troops in that country and over 2000 Americans have died fighting a totally unjustified war.

There is clearly a conspiracy of silence about this totally unnecessary and unwinnable war. That neither Republicans nor Democrats see the war in Afghanistan as a fit subject for debate, is salt in the wound. Both seem to have adopted a collective amnesia about the war and the untold misery and havoc it has wrought.

It seems to me that every time President Donald Trump, the man of distraction gives a speech on foreign affairs he disses another ally. Pakistan cannot be too happy with Donald Trump. Any casual history buff knows about the fragile relationship between Pakistan and India. It’s like asking the Manchester United and Liverpool to forget the past and cheer each other on. Not going to happen. It is dangerous to deepen the divide between India and Pakistan.

The second most revealing thing in Trump’s speech is that America won’t pursue democratization of other countries. There will be no disaster like the Arab Spring under the Obama and Hillary administration. ” But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over.”

Democracy in Afghanistan is a self-made illusion. It is a western-imposed farce that will be swept away if America and its allies stop propping it up with their bayonets. Now more money will be spent in Afghanistan and elsewhere. We have no clear exit strategy now and will never have one.