Afghanistan: Long And Winding Road

The US and its allies have been ass deep in Afghanistan fort 16 years and no one wants to call it what it is….quagmire.

From 2001 to about 2004 success was in reach but since then it has become a debacle with no one wanting to admit failure….so countries just keeps throwing money at a war that has NO end.

Just recently a general has asked for many more troops…..

Gen. Nicholson now says he wants another 5,000 US and NATO troops, saying he believes the US needs that many to “break the stalemate” in the war. Nicholson has repeatedly labeled the conflict a “stalemate” in recent weeks, which appears to be an overestimation of the situation, with the Taliban continuing to gain ground against Afghan security forces.

After 16 years and all the weapons and technology at its disposal….we are not winning this war (sound familiar?)….there is a good possibility that we could be losing ground…..

In an unusual move, the Taliban has issued a report of their own on the amount of territory that they consider under their control in Afghanistan, insisting that they estimate themselves to have total control over 34 districts, and that they are at least contesting another 167. That gives them a presence in more than half of the country’s 398 districts.

This comes amid recent reports from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) noting that the Taliban controls more territory now than at any time since the 2001 US invasion and occupation began. SIGAR’s recent estimates on Taliban control aren’t far out of line with the Taliban’s own report, as they split it into three segments, controlled, heavily influenced, or contested, and said the Taliban had 9, 32, and 133, respectively. The Taliban has, naturally gained ground since that report.

To keep fighting and killing in a war without end is not a logical pursuit…..even The American Conservative sees this…..

According to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the situation in Afghanistan is a “stalemate” that “will require additional U.S. and coalition forces.” The senators cite testimony by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson, to the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he said he needed several thousand more troops. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, plus another 6,300 troops from other countries. So will a few thousand more soldiers—presumably American—make a difference?

The clear answer is no.

Source: We Can’t ‘Win’ Afghanistan | The American Conservative

It is another war that we carry out to a quagmire…..you know the last one and it has left scars on our society….then why repeat the failure?

This war is being fought for the profits of the M-IC that cares nothing about the human cost as long as their money keeps pouring in from a worthless government.

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9 thoughts on “Afghanistan: Long And Winding Road

  1. Correct…’.for the profits of the M-IC’
    Ego Imperialism …Trying To Impose Your Idea On The Universe…
    That’s whats got to go!
    Fat chance..

  2. Well, given we’ve been here before… I pose the question to all.. how do we get out? I mean. forget the “saving face” and “peace with honor” crap from that other quagmire conflict. Do we just declare “We won!” and head home (my teenage suggestion back in 1969)?

    1. Hey, why not? We’ve got the PERFECT leader who could make such a teenage move. He could even do a press conference and tweet and give the raspberry before hurrying off stage…somehow I can see that, and it wouldn’t be an SNL skit.

  3. I watched a press conference yesterday, where the UK Defence Minister was speaking alongside his US counterpart. During questioning, our minister declared that ‘we have no intention of sending ground troops back into that country’.
    That got me worried…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I’d like to know why our leaders for the past few decades have believed–and still believe–that throwing money at the problem is going to let us win. They’ve done that with damn near everything, and look where it’s gotten us–Agent Orange in the WH.

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