Rex, the "King without a throne," Tillerson recently blamed Pakistan for not doing enough to suppress insurgents who cross over to attack US and Afghan troops. That earned Old Rex a rebuke from Pakistan's foreign minister.
America's security "failures" in Afghanistan are evident from events of the week when visiting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not move out of a U.S. military base and invited Afghan leaders to his "bunker" for talks, neighboring Pakistan said Thursday.
"This situation tells the whole story of U.S. failures, despite fighting in the country for 16 years," Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said. He was briefing a parliamentary committee on foreign affairs in Islamabad.
Tillerson visited Afghanistan on Monday for two hours. He held talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top leaders of his unity government at the U.S.-run Bagram military base, about 60 kilometers north of the capital, Kabul. Officials cited security concerns for arranging the meeting at the base.
Pakistan is accused of sheltering and maintaining secret ties to the Taliban and the Haqqani network. Both militant groups are waging a deadly insurgency in Afghanistan. Asif said Pakistan's influence on the Afghan Taliban has lately diminished because it has moved its bases to the Afghan side of the border.
"We told them [the U.S. delegation] there are influential players in the region, which might not have good relations with America but have a stake in the Afghan dispute," Asif said.
He was apparently referring to Russia and Iran. Both have acknowledged publicly they maintain ties with the Taliban.