Sure you do! It is that stone age country that we invaded to get Osama for his part in then 9/11 attacks. Well Osama is dead killed in Pakistan not Afghanistan and yet the war is till being fought for the hearts and minds of opium growers.
Afghanistan is a war much like all our wars since Vietnam….long drawn out no direction and no original strategy for a conclusion.
Afghanistan is a worthless war fought for an illusion…….but do not take my word for it….let’s look at the plans and schemes and strategies that goes into this war…..
Late this August, it was encouraging to hear that U.S. policy will not be to quit Afghanistan, not be to fire the commander, and not be to use mercenaries. In Afghanistan, defeat would indeed be worse than persevering with what will now be a modest increase in capacity and an ostensibly genuine regional strategy. Quitting the field would have meant giving up the potential for some form of victory and potentially seeing the Taliban overwhelm the Afghan security forces and the government in Kabul. And, if the Taliban were to revive an Islamist emirate in Afghanistan, there is reason to suggest a future with more attacks against the West, planned and prepared, with increasing scope and intensity, from Afghanistan and from Pakistan’s Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
New president….new plan….oddly the new plan sounds a lot like the old plan…..
The focus now should be on the implementation of the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and the region. Commentators debate the pros and cons of the approach, but it is now U.S. policy. It requires careful coordination and integration of the tools of American power—military, diplomatic, economic and development—to move toward its objective: a negotiated Afghan political settlement. The policy’s specifics must now be defined and executed.
The rationale for continued U.S. engagement—to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a base for terrorist attacks as it was in 2001—carries much weight given the threats from radical and terrorist groups emanating from Afghanistan, Pakistan and across the region. “Right now (the Taliban) calculates that it can win,” argues a senior U.S. official, and if the United States were to leave precipitously the outcome would be “a state of chaos.” Yet, the tools and actions needed go far beyond “kinetic” actions.
There is so much about Afghanistan that needs to be discussed….but instead we decide to go with the same plan of Bush, Obama and now Trump…..worthless plans that have nothing to do with liberating then country from terrorists…..
On September 18th, 2001 Public Law 107-40 provided then-U.S. President George W. Bush the authority “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.” According to faculty research conducted at the Harvard Kennedy School, since the war in Afghanistan began, the United States has spent trillions of dollars on efforts there. These efforts entailed committing as few as 2,500 to as many as 98,000 U.S. armed forces members of whom 2,216 have died, and 20,049 have been wounded. Despite these efforts, as of May 2017, the Afghan Taliban controls 11 districts and influences 34 of Afghanistan’s 407 districts (approximately 11 percent). While debates in Washington D.C. continue as to what U.S. policy towards Afghanistan should entail, two discussions have been neglected:
I have been studying this conflict since 2002 and in all that time I have seen nothing but insanity and the avoidance of reality.
Nothing about the direction of this war will ever change…..just “keep on Keepin’ on”!