Posted by Tina
Those who read fake news reports and listen to the haters of President Trump want us to think Donald Trump is the least respected leader ever to step on the world stage. Some go so far as to liken him to Hitler. So, there’s a baked in expectation that leaders from around the world will have difficulty even speaking to our new leader. Surely he’s toast before he even has a chance to show what he can do, right? Well, not so fast. Often we can get a better sense of how things will go from little noticed events that reveal remarkable opinions. One such example comes from a little dinner party given by the Ambassador from Afghanistan.
Benny Johnson of the Independent Journal Review was recently invited to attend a dinner hosted by Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, the current Afghan Ambassador to the United States. Those in attendance included members of the military and Gold Star wives. The Ambassador graciously received his guests and thanked them for the sacrifices they’ve made for his nation. He asked what he could do “to better serve those in the military community who gave so much for his country.” During the Q&A period someone asked him how the people of his nation viewed President Trump and they were surprised by the Ambassador’s response. The following is his full response as reported by Benny Johnson at the above link:
“I’ve personally met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago and the president has had two phone conversations with President Ghani [The president of Afghanistan]. 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. 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?”
Trump would listen intently after each question, often asking follow-ups. Trump’s second call with our president was even longer than the first. Asking these types of questions for our country is something the Obama administration never did. 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.
The Obama administration was hesitant with us. 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. 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.
To bring real reform, we must be able to defeat enemies outside our country and inside. We must overthrow the Afghan warlords who are profiteering off the war. Every time we tried to remove one of them from power, [Secretary John] Kerry would say “no” because it would potentially make it unstable and require more troops be brought in. The entire Obama administration was too cautious, but Kerry was the most cautious. Perhaps the Obama administration was fatigued by the time we assumed power. [President Ghani assumed power in September of 2014.] But Trump is very different from Obama in this way.
This is good, for the future of Afghanistan.”
Trump’s critics are making a very grave error when they assume he has no capacity for effective policy or generosity and grace in dealing with the world’s leaders. Trump is not a one dimensional guy. He’s not the cartoon cutout his critics see. He is a man of the world with years of experience. As Glenn Frey once said of Joe Walsh, he’s “is an interesting bunch of guys.” We can expect him to shake things up.
Our politicians have acted as typical politicians for decades. The record is fraught with failures as well as some successes. Given the state of the world under our most recent leadership, given the state of our nation, a leader that operates outside that box may be precisely the thing that’s needed right now. It’s certainly worth giving Trump a chance.
Message to Trump’s detractors: Time to set aside first impressions and prejudices and think again. This man’s approach is different and will surprise you too.