Joint Statement of the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue

 

Joint Statement of the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue

 

KABUL – Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China, and Foreign Minister Makhdom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan held the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in Kabul, Afghanistan on 15th December 2018. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

China and Pakistan congratulated Afghanistan on the completion of the parliamentary elections, and welcomed the efforts of the Afghan government for holding the presidential elections in 2019.

The three sides, once again, reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their relations, deepening cooperation and advancing connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) and other regional economic initiatives. The three sides agreed to promote China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation under the framework of jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative. The three sides reiterated their strong resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and without any distinction. The three Foreign Ministers agreed to jointly continue their efforts for building political mutual trust and support reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism as the three areas of the trilateral cooperation.

The three sides reiterated their support to the Afghan-owned, and Afghan led inclusive peace process that is fully supported regionally and internationally, as the most viable way to bring peace in Afghanistan. In this regard, China and Pakistan appreciated the efforts of H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani especially for the comprehensive peace plans that came out of the second Kabul Process and the Geneva Conferences on Afghanistan, and therefore called on the Afghan Taliban to join the peace process at an early date. While efforts are underway to start the peace process, the three sides call upon the parties concerned to end violence and the loss of innocent lives in Afghanistan.

The three sides agreed to continue economic development cooperation in areas of mutual interest. The three sides will continue to implement and expand the “soft” projects such as exchange and capacity building programs, and explore “hard” projects of livelihood facilities and connectivity. China expressed its readiness to support Afghanistan and Pakistan in building immigration reception center and drinking water supply schemes at each side of the Ghulam Khan Khel crossing point, and to explore cold storages at Chaman and Spin Boldak. China supports enhanced coordination between Afghanistan and Pakistan on major energy and connectivity projects including the construction of Quetta-Kandahar railway and Kabul-Peshawar Motorway and Railway. The three sides reiterated their firm commitment to implement the activities and projects agreed to under practical cooperation.

The three sides expressed their strong determination not to allow any country, organization or individual to use their respective territories for terrorist activities against any other countries. The three sides took stock of trilateral cooperation in their fight against terrorism and underlined the need to further strengthen counter-terrorism coordination and cooperation in an effort to combat all terrorist groups and individuals without any discrimination. They also agreed to counter terrorist’ logistical capabilities including financing, recruitment, training, and strengthen trilateral cooperation for counter-terrorism capacity building, deny terrorist use of the internet and to take joint steps for deradicalization, as well as work together to break the nexus between narco-trade and terror financing. To advance their cooperation in the fields of Counter-Terrorism, the three sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Counter-Terrorism.

The three sides agree to implement the consensus of the 2nd Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue through the trilateral Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, Vice-Ministerial Consultation on Counter-Terrorism and Security, and Director Generals’ Practical Cooperation as well as other agreed mechanisms.

China and Pakistan thanked Afghanistan for the successful organization of the 2nd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue and its warm hospitality, and the three sides agreed that the 3rd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue would be held in Islamabad in 2019.

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Mexico’s new president takes aim at violence during first day in office

Mexico’s new president takes aim at violence during first day in office

By David Alire Garcia, Miguel Gutierrez

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – On his first full day in office, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended a plan to end lawlessness with a new national guard, an initiative that risks upsetting some supporters who favor a less militarized approach.

In a Sunday morning speech, Mexico’s first leftist president in decades continued to pivot from an emphasis during the campaign on peaceful reconciliation and even amnesty for some involved in the country’s grueling drug war to a more traditional approach defined by more soldiers and police.

“We must adjust to a new era,” he said, flanked by generals at a military base in the capital, while emphasizing that his security policy will also respect human rights.

In the first phase of his plan, a 60,000-strong national guard force made up of army, navy and other federal police will battle crime while a constitutional reform will be pursued to cement the new strategy.

Lopez Obrador has said the strategy will be put to a public vote, likely in March.

A second phase will add additional military forces to the effort.

“The people of Mexico need their armed forces to address this grave problem of insecurity and violence right now,” said Lopez Obrador, often turning toward the uniformed officers assembled behind him to address them directly.

“We’ve opted for this plan because we trust the armed forces,” he said.

Over the past dozen years, Mexican security forces have toppled some high-profile drug kingpins but more than 200,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands more disappeared since a military-focused approach was initiated in 2006.

The last couple years have seen record numbers of murders, including in some of the country’s most fabled tourist destinations like Acapulco and Los Cabos.

Lopez Obrador’s new security focus has already stirred unease among some human rights activists, who argue the plan ignores past abuses stemming from the “militarization” of public safety.

“We call on the new government to back a civil security model that can create conditions for a gradual withdrawal of the armed forces in public security work,” a coalition of leading human rights groups said in a statement late last month.

In addition to the national guard plan, Lopez Obrador has offered a six-year security blueprint that criticizes drug prohibition as both ineffective and arbitrary. The new president’s allies in Congress have already proposed legislation to decriminalize and regulate the use of marijuana.

During the campaign, his security aides outlined plans to reduce jail time for some crimes, as well as stiffer controls on weapons. The strategy leaned heavily on “transitional justice,” which often involves leniency for those who admit guilt, truth commissions to investigate atrocities and the granting of reparations for victims.

The landslide election winner has not yet detailed how those policies will the implemented.

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TRUMP’S CLUELESS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

TRUMP’S CLUELESS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

By: Lawrence Sellin, Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve
11/30/2018

Yes, it is President Trump’s war now, and he doesn’t know what to do about it. The bad news is: neither do those advising him.

So, the Trump administration has chosen to prolong the stalemate by continuing an expensive, exhaustive and entirely inappropriate counterinsurgency strategy in the desperate hope that the Taliban will be encouraged to join a peace process and agree to terms that will permit the United States to withdraw without the appearance of a humiliating American defeat.

Good luck with that.

The Trump Afghanistan policy remains the same as the two previous administrations: “Our primary mission remains to protect the homeland by preventing Afghanistan from being used again as a safe haven for terrorists to attack the United States or our allies.”

The success of that mission has always been predicated on a single proposition, to buy enough time so that Afghan security forces can successfully take the lead against the Taliban or any other terrorist entity who planned to use Afghanistan as a training or operational base.

In 2010, after serving at ISAF Joint Command (IJC) in Afghanistan, I wrote about our advise and train program in Afghanistan:

Last autumn [2009] the U.S. government announced that after eight years and $27 billion, the results of the Afghan Army and Police training program were so bad that it was declared a failure. If the effectiveness of the training was ever questioned internally, it had no obvious effect.

It was a program on automatic pilot, where everyone was being reassured that everything was going according to plan and ‘progress was being made.’ Despite the fact that symptoms of failure were already appearing in the press years earlier, no one in the chain of command spoke up and hence, no one should be surprised. The pressure to conform is enormous.

Like Afghanistan, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Vietnam depended upon a similar proposition: “American ground forces in Vietnam would be reduced through the policy of Vietnamization and the war turned over to an improved ARVN [Army of the Republic of Vietnam] and government capable of defending its territory and its people.”

As we know, that never happened in Vietnam, and it still hasn’t happened in Afghanistan after 17 years.

To paraphrase Clausewitz, we have misunderstood the war we are fighting, turning it into something that is alien to its nature, a conclusion that can offer some clues to the Trump administration.

The war in Afghanistan is not an insurgency. It is a proxy war orchestrated by Pakistan and executed by the Taliban, an extremist group created and supported by Pakistan and composed primarily of Pakistani nationals.

The U.S. military policy of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan is untenable because Pakistan, through its proxies, regulates the operational tempo of the conflict and, because Afghanistan is landlocked, Pakistan also controls the supply of our troops. Pakistan has effectively used those levers to inhibit the United States from attacking Taliban safe havens and command and control infrastructure inside Pakistan.

Pakistan is an ally of China, not the United States. Pakistan’s aims in Afghanistan are completely different from those of the United States. To view Pakistan as a reliable partner in any resolution of the Afghanistan conflict on terms favorable to the United States is a fool’s errand.

Islamic extremism is endemic in South Asia, largely due to a toleration for or the promotion of that ideology by nation states. That is a regional reality and a U.S. “presence” in Afghanistan will not change it, but merely remain a target of it. Burden shifting is a more sensible approach.

U.S. leverage in achieving a satisfactory resolution to the Afghan war resides less with our presence or our military action in Afghanistan than in managing, to our advantage, the vested interests of nation states.

Financial carrots and sticks have had only a negligible effect on Pakistan’s support of the Taliban because the potential benefits to Pakistan supplied by the Taliban outweigh any measures previously employed by the United States to discourage that support. More effective measures are needed.

Ethnic separatism is Pakistan’s pain point, an existential rather than a financial threat. Greater U.S. leverage, both short and long-term, can be achieved by recognizing and supporting the ongoing efforts by groups such as the Baloch and Pashtuns movements for self-determination, located precisely in the staging areas in Pakistan from which the Taliban operate.

Ethnic separatism in Pakistan is also a threat to China’s investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. The disruption of CPEC would be a major geopolitical setback for Chinese economic and military expansionism.

Instead of our current policy, a recipe for stalemate, the Trump Administration should aim higher at the vested interests of those nation states who benefit from the service the Taliban proxies provide.

The United States cannot succeed operating under strategic conditions favorable to our adversaries. Instability can cut both ways. We should learn to manage it.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel, an IT command and control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa.

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ARE WE AMERICANS A COUNTRY OF FOOLS OR PATRIOTS or BOTH?

ARE WE AMERICANS A COUNTRY OF FOOLS OR PATRIOTS OR BOTH?

 

 

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BG Charles Jones, USAF (Ret) and MG Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)

October 31, 2018

Released and Distributed by Stand Up America US Foundation

The real answer is, “we are about to find out at the completion of the 2018 mid-term election”. But first let us look at the dictionary definition of a fool, then of a patriot. A fool is defined as a person without good sense or judgment; a person who acts unwisely; a person who has been deceived or tricked; a dupe.  A patriot is a person who loves their country and gives it loyal support, defends it and its interests.

It has often been said that if a person has no country that person factually has nothing. Absolutely nothing of worth nor of worldly goods. Prime examples that come to mind in this hemisphere are the middle class and poor people of Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras and others. Yet the elites and political class in those countries prosper and do well. Why the wide disparity between the several classes in those countries and others of like political disarray, deceit, deception and economic destruction. Very simply because the fools banded together and followed a political party who promised what ever the fools wanted to hear and were constantly told what they wanted to hear generation after generation that became a family way of life unfortunately at great harm to the fools, after it became too late. They did not avail themselves of the freedoms and safety of supporting their own country and their children’s future and even their own well being. They followed a partisan political party of self-serving greedy politicians who never cared about their well being, their futures nor the national security of what was once a free country given to them by their forefathers. Sound familiar American citizens? Particularly of the tax and spend, open borders, free higher education, college debt forgiven, guaranteed incomes, sanctuary cities and politically decreasing “constitutional republic concentric circles” ending up as a socialist country? That’s what happens when citizens forsake their own free, safe, secure country to follow a political party of deception, deceit, open borders and economic destruction, ongoing for decades, because the fools never took the personal time and effort to become patriots! Patriots politically needed to protect The Constitution of the United States, to preserve the Constitutional Republic of The United States of America, to insure The Rule of Law prevails, to guarantee a future for the children and secure a well being for themselves and all generations to come within the greatest country that has ever existed on planet earth, The United States of America.

 

 

American voting public, you must know that your country stands on the verge of being destroyed by a citizenry of voting socialists and ignorant fools who will vote for a political party of deception RATHER than voting for the good, well-being, prosperous, safe country. It is for congressional leadership and an administration to stop all illegal border crossings and an organized, politically motivated invasion into the heartland of America. We know these caravans are organized and supported by nefarious organizations and individuals composed of drug cartels, gangs , Iranian terrorist cells, ISIS, Al Qaeda as well as  many innocent people and families who are being used as pawns!  Your votes next Tuesday, November 6, 2018, are critical! Make sure you and your neighbors go to the polls and vote for a safe and secure America!  That can yet be accomplished by voting as an American patriot and not a fool for your country.

 

By MG Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret) & BG Charles Jones, USAF (Ret)

Contact: standupamericausa1@gmail.com

 

STOP! CHILDREN’S FUTURE AT RISK, COMMON SENSE REQUIRED

 

Released and Distributed by Stand-Up America US Foundation

October 30, 2018

Look at the purposeful, political, illegal, alien invasion of the United States that is bringing once eradicated diseases back into our schools and communities, massive gang crime that is killing young Americans in schools and on the streets, drunken driver deaths, housing benefits, food stamps and free medical, plus social security benefits given to the illegal alien invaders all by too many politicians in our US Congress, both the House and Senate. Worse is the fraudulent voting by illegals that has changed the outcome of some elections that American voting citizens desired, that in turn greatly affected needed laws NOT written in the US congress. The American public voted decisively to have a border wall built on the US Mexican Border in 2006. Is a specific political party aided by a very few misguided political elites from the other party responsible for this failing, costly, deadly, culture changing American nightmare that has been growing since President Reagan departed the White House? Congress, where is the wall?

Think about what Obama Care deceit, deception and medical destruction has done to the Medical Profession and overall Health Care for America! And to top it off Obama Care was retained by one angry Senator who cast the deciding vote to continue this exploding, corrupt, costly medical nightmare at great negative expense to taxpayers. Congress, why this failure?

Look straight up into the sky and see the many different chemical trails being sprayed from high flying jet aircraft, lingering, slowly expanding and spreading out to become thin white clouds that can gradually dispense particles of metallic aluminum, aluminum oxide, barium titanate, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, black carbon or other chemicals that can greatly affect human medical problems. What is the reason for this, that the public is not being told? Is it for weather modification, seeding the clouds for rain, controlling climates, reflecting the sun heat to cool the planet, to form a Space Fence that can deter UFO’s and ET’s, or covertly reduce the planets rapidly expanding over population? Congress, who’s been making these hidden decisions?

What about the very possible treason and lies to the American people with four great Americans being killed at Benghazi along with American war fighting weapons being filtered into opposition Muslim Brotherhood attempts to establish a Caliphate from Iran to Morocco. War on Terrorism was declared by President G.W.Bush soon after the 9/11 attack. Is the US still at a declared war footing and therefore can treason against US citizens still apply as may have happened at Benghazi? Congress?

There apparently was a fraudulent attempt to keep the present POTUS from being elected in 2016 and further attempts to have him impeached by a political opposition still reverberate within the Halls of Congress. Violence by masked political opposition rages on the city streets in some cities in the United States and Congress has made no move to quell these masked criminal’s, some who are reportedly paid for their baseless activities. Who is responsible for these crazed actions against American citizens and elected plus appointed politicians?  Congress get busy.

Facts; The United States of America is a Republic; its citizens are Sovereigns and are superior to the US Government. The Constitution of the United States is a charter of government deriving its whole authority from the governed, the sovereigns, who exercise their rights through their elected US Representatives and Senators with the citizens vote being the final Key in expressing ones will, preference or choice of Congressional leadership, for establishing the Rule of Law, providing National Security, repelling invasions and writing needed Laws, all for the well being of US citizens.  Further it is the Constitutional Responsibility of The elected President to execute the office of the President by administering the Laws of the land as written by the US Congress however he cannot act for greater good when no laws are written giving him the authority needed.

Therefore, very basically and factually, it is the U S citizen voters who are  responsible for the well being, safety, security and  National Defense of all America within the Continental Limits of The United States of America, by their vote choice of a Congress to support the President.

So, why is this Nation and the American children’s future in such a disarray and jeopardy in the year 2018?  After all,  America now has a President, the first president since Ronald Reagan departed the White House, who is standing foremost on the US Governments front lines and fighting daily for the people and this Nation to bring peace and prosperity for all.  Yet there has  never before been witnessed a political opposition creating deception, disruption, discord, violence and pure evil within this one of a kind Constitutional Republic on Planet Earth, The United States of America. Have the voters bottle necked America with a congressional failure?

Why? Very simple, because far too many citizen voters, sovereigns all, have allowed fatal and pure evil flaws of failed leadership at the Legislative Branch of US Government to nearly overturn the United States of America by an illegal alien invasion. Voters who have through lack of attention to national detail, a lack of wisdom, far too many who have a blank America First mindset and who blindly follow the elite political party politicians who do whatever it takes to steal the power to rule, then want to confiscate far too many taxes from wages, salaries and retirement incomes and immorally use all the fraudulent illegal alien votes they can muster via the corrupt Clinton Motor Voter Registration system. That, in and of itself, is nothing more than political party voting in place of using enough common sense to vote for your country. All by countless citizens who are uninformed or misinformed and unable to address matters and issues that critically affect their nation and their own households. It’s American citizen voters who have sat back while answers are available on the internet, at libraries and research facilities while stupidly voting for a political party rather than vote for the good and well being for their own country and their children’s future. Political Party over Country? Why O Why this nonsense?

It is  congress with a self-serving  politically purposeful illegal alien invasion of decades when the majority voters want a security wall built on the US/Mexican border that no one can climb over undetected; it is congress who is not stopping the secret chemical spraying of the earth’s atmosphere; it is congress who can assemble a group of politicians who WILL develop an affordable health care system for the less fortunate American citizens plus affordable medical insurance for all others; it is congress who can stop skyrocketing medicine costs; it is congress who can eliminate the unholy, dastardly, destructive un-necessary  interest on the National Debt; it is congress who can legislate cheap Zero Point energy for all humanity; it is congress who can give the President the tools (laws) to do what America must have for its people. The sovereigns who are supposed to be superior to government, but too many have been stuck on stupid for far too long because they have voted for partisan political party corruption rather than vote for their own government, their children’s, and even their own secure and free future.

When voting American citizens begin voting for their country, via US Congress, our President will then have the necessary laws, via a responsible Congress, both House and Senate, to enforce and make America for American citizens secure, safe, prosperous and great again. Our President’s first order of business can and will be to expeditiously build that wall on the US and Mexican border. Because unlike a majority of voters who have tried to get the message across to congress in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, a huge caravan of cowards, criminals and drug dealers are marching from the southern Mexican Border headed toward the United States for jobs and crime rather than stay and fight the despotic politicians who steal their money in their own country of birth. America’s forefathers fought for America in the Revolution with very little support and won freedom, safety, security. Those in Central America can do the very same. The marching illegal alien invasion caravan that can finally destroy America and its culture for future generations, if not stopped at the 2018 ballot box by American voters (who must get to know the facts), spells doom plus the evil political demise of the greatest country on planet earth.

It is now the urgent responsibility of every American citizen voter to help save this nation’s future and no one else but the American citizen voter can be held responsible for the outcome. Voters must move correctly with no room for error at the 2018 ballot box, while the Nation has a President who will preserve this great Republic. Ignore the falsehoods that the failed elite’s have spewed into formative childlike minds causing unfounded evil about the President. Get to know the FACT’S. These opposition elites do not want any President tipping over their tax payer funded piggy bank so as to spend those hard labor earned tax dollars as they so choose. This President gets things done for the well being of Americans in spite of the endless evil back stabbing.  But he can’t continue on the same productive path without a cooperative and larger number of representatives of the sovreigns in Congress to help him after the midterm 2018 elections.

By MG Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret) and BG Charles Jones, USAF (Ret)

 

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