It is of my opinion that we accomplished all our objectives in Afghanistan within the first year. Having punished the Taliban for their support of Obama and Al-Qaeda , pushed them out of power in the country, and enabled their enemies to triumph over them. We should have left. If we had done so, ten years ago, we would have gone on the record books as the first successful western government in its dealings with Afghanistan in modern history.
I agree with Theo, it’s going to end badly.
“If you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up the remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
And go to your God like a soldier.”
– Rudyard Kipling
The sad truth about America and it’s effect on the world stage, we can’t sustain a policy or a campaign longer than the next election cycle. All we have done in Afghanistan and to a degree in Iraq is change the names and faces of some of the players. Doing so wasted mountains of treasure, and some very good lives (casualties were never serious, almost indiscernible from the military casualty rates of pre-war years).
We can swat any fly that annoys us and every country on earth save a few are flies. But the party of traitors will always defeat us in the end.
Until we clean house here.
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