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Trump announces he has canceled a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban leaders set for Sunday – three days before the 18th anniversary of September 11 –after a car bombing in Kabul nytimes.com/2019/09/07/us/…
Thread from a pre-eminent expert on Afghanistan & former senior advisor to the State Department's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. (h/t @metaquest)
.@BRRubin nailed it.

"At Camp David, separate meetings with each side would then lead to a grand announcement by Trump.

The Taliban leaders, however, compared the proposal to the Americans’ tricking them into political suicide."
Trump thought he could short-circuit the negotiating process, deceive both sides into a rushed "deal" that neither would (or could) honor, pose for his photo op & demand his Nobel Peace Prize.

And then it all imploded, with dire consequences for Afghans.
"Afghan officials said the American side had taken the liberty of negotiating on their behalf the release of thousands of Taliban prisoners in Afghan prisons.

President Ghani’s government found that unacceptable."
"Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said an agreement had been “finalised” a few days ago and both sides agreed the Qatari govt would announce the deal.

“Everyone was satisfied .. Trump’s tweets have been unbelievable and certainly damaged his credibility.” theguardian.com/us-news/2019/s…
Thread @davidfrum echoes my speculation (upthread): the whole Camp David Taliban summit hoax was Trump's desperate attempt to claim credit, demand a Nobel Peace Prize (having failed so miserably with North Korea) and thereby satiate his Obama Envy.
"After abruptly scrapping a diplomatic process that appeared to be inching toward a conclusion, it was unclear where #Trump would go from here."

After Trump calls off talks, #Afghanistan braces for violence ahead of this month's national elections
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