‘An Insult to All Afghans’: Kabul Outraged After Trump Floats Plan to Kill Millions, Wipe Afghanistan Off Face of the Earth

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he arrives at a campaign event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2B46Z

Kabul reacted with outrage and demanded clarification Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he has military plans that could wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the Earth,” killing millions of people.

Following Trump’s remarks, the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement that Afghanistan “will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate.”

“While the Afghan government supports the U.S. efforts for ensuring peace in Afghanistan,” the statement read, “the government underscores that foreign heads of state cannot determine Afghanistan’s fate in absence of the Afghan leadership.”

Trump’s comments came during a meeting in the Oval Office Monday with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“We’re not fighting a war,” Trump said of the U.S.-led conflict that has lasted nearly 18 years, the longest war in American history. “If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”

“I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone,” the president added. “It would be over in, literally, in 10 days. And I don’t want to do that—I don’t want to go that route.”

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The Afghan public expressed revulsion at Trump’s remarks, which came as U.S. envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad arrived in the Middle East for talks with the Taliban.

Shakib Noori, an entrepreneur based in Kabul, told Reuters that Trump’s comments were “embarrassing and an insult to all Afghans.”

Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini expressed a similar sentiment, calling Trump’s statement “reckless” and “appalling.”

Rahmatullah Nabil, former Afghan intelligence chief and presidential candidate, slammed Trump on Twitter.

“Your insulting message to [Afghanistan],” Nabil wrote, “is either accept the [Pakistan] proposal for peace or eventually you may have to use nukes.”

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Dave
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Dave

FW Trump at it again, showing his true self

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

…Trumps “insane mindset” to drop nukes ,on anycountry that he wants to , because he says article 2 of the constitution, givens him the right to do so .
….Well I don’t think he has comprehensively ever read the constitution. ..If so , he’d have known that article 2 ,was written long before automatic weapons ,nuclear weapons , biological weapon’s , weapon of mass destruction.
In other word’s , he’s out of his mind saying he would have to kill 10 million people in. ……..Afghanistan. ..::He’s absolutely insane, to ..:even say anything like that !!!

Paul Caddenhead
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Paul Caddenhead

Apparently obvious to his family that he was developmentally arrested at the point that they sent him off to military school. A “stable genius” with the mind of a 10-year old boy, totally unfit for the office for which he seeks re-election. A sad commentary on the state of our nation.

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Dick Panico

This person , is beyond contempt, his appearance his demeanor, his so lacking in ability to care about anyone but himself. I don’t know if he’s truly as stupid as he acts . Saying he would wipe Afghanistan off the face of the earth, and kill 10 million people , is absolutely insane.
..How can we continue to allow this abomination to continue to represent our country ??
..He must be IMPEACHED now !!