It’s time to leave Afghanistan. In fact it’s time to leave most of the Middle-East. We tried folks. We tried to help them. We tried to free them. But the plane facts are they aren’t ready for freedom. They aren’t worth our lives and money. We won the war in 2002 when we removed the Taliban and killed most of Al-Qaida. Small amounts of Special Operations Forces could have been left in strategic locations to periodically take out AQ as they popped up. Afghanistan could have been allowed to succeed or fail on their own. An individual concept we’ve forgotten here in the US also.
The only reason I can see for any continued action is the resurgence of Al-Qaida. But since we are unwilling to cross into Pakistan where the remnants of Al-Qaida and the Taliban hide we cannot win. Hell we aren’t even in that fight. That’s not to take away from what our military and the allies are doing. They are busting their collective asses to build a better place and kill the bad guys. Trust me folks they are killing a lot of them. But we will never allow enough of them to be killed to win. It’s not that we can’t win a war with the Taliban it’s that we can’t win the peace. To many don’t want peace. They take pride in their ability to suffer and endure. We can’t reason with them, we can’t buy them for more than a day or two and they don’t want our way of life in any significant numbers yet to make a difference.
The Karzai government is so damn corrupt it’s probably not salvageable. We put him in place and of course that appears to have been the wrong choice. Once again we’ve proven we aren’t very good at this foreign affairs game. Then again, he probably just see’s the writing on the wall.
Humanitarian support? Well I’m afraid the last ten years have taken most of my humanitarian feelings away. Ask the families of those UN personal that were attacked because of a Koran burning weeks ago about humanitarian efforts if its worth it. Ask the military families sending their very best, America and it’s allies best, to lands that continually turn on us.
Perhaps some parts of the world are like diseases that just need to burn themselves out. Quarantine them and save the rest of the planet. The current medicine is just prolonging the pain and misery and allowing the virus to spread.
|Kabul, Afghanistan – Foreigners have been killed in Afghanistan before, and today’s attack was not the first fatal attack on UN staff. But it was different than previous fatal attacks. Very different. The killers were ordinary residents of a city deemed peaceful enough to be one of the first places transferred to the control of Afghan security forces. The men who broke into the UN compound, set fires and killed eight people weren’t Taliban, or henchmen of a brutal warlord, or members of a criminal gang. They weren’t even armed when the protests began –they took weapons from the UN guards who were their first victims…Una Moore|
Have I flip flopped on my support for the war? I don’t think so. In fact if my approach to that war was taken I’d continue support. But you can’t half-ass a war. You can’t half-ass nation building. To do either you must over-take the nation completely and rebuild from scratch, which we are unwilling to do. That would hurt too many feelings. Why, we might affect their culture and we sure wouldn’t want to disrupt that wonderful philosophy of love and peace they have.
It’s time to leave. The modern narrative is that no one has been able to conquer Afghanistan. I say BS. Alexander took it, and the British took it three times. The fact is there wasn’t any reason to keep it. It wasn’t worth the blood. The people aren’t worth it. It may have once been a crossroads from east to west but that time has long since passed. It is a modern wasteland. It is a waste in resources, a waste in time and a waste of people. Fear not friends these types of cultures won’t win. They are fighting themselves as much as anyone else. It is the west that continues to allow them to live. Lets pull the life support.
Hell all the smart Afghans left years ago. Now all the smart Americans should also.
Update: Blackfive.net, That’s for the link. The comments on your and my site are interesting.