Vastavam web: The US will ask nations that harbour terror networks to eliminate them and will target terrorists in their sanctuaries, a top Trump administration official has said, in an apparent message to Pakistan.”We will demand that nations ultimately provide for their own security. Those that harbour terrorist networks must eliminate them,” Lt Gen (Retd) Keith Kellogg, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, wrote in an op-ed to Breitbart News.In the op-ed he did not mention any country, but based on the remarks of US President Donald Trump and those of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who called on Pakistan to act against the terror safe havens inside its territory, Kellogg’s reference seemed obviously directed at Pakistan.
“While our brave men and women in uniform are waging battle on the ground and from the air, President Trump will be using every diplomatic and economic tool at his disposal to bring about an end state that does not allow another country to become a breeding ground for radical Islamic terrorism,” he said.Kellogg said over the past several months, he has seen and listened as the President has taken the time for counsel and to weigh different options for Afghanistan and the region.President Trump has listened to strong recommendations from his national security team and has engaged them in deep and thoughtful discussions he said.
“He has demanded a way forward placing primacy on the safety of America and her citizens. From the beginning, President Trump has sworn to put America First. Monday, he outlined a course that places us closer to that vision than ever before,” Kellogg asserted.”The path forward is not more of the same. Through strength we seek a negotiated political settlement that protects our interests,” the top US official said.Kellogg said Trump’s decision reflects an understanding that the promise to ‘Make America Great Again’ must include cleaning up the mess left behind in Afghanistan from the fits and starts of the past 15 years.”The President does not have the luxury of starting from nothing, or beginning from scratch. There is no such thing as a clean slate. However, there is now the opportunity for fresh perspectives, new ideas and the outsider advantage,” he said.Kellogg’s remarks come just days after Trump said it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically and American troops will “fight to win”