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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 12:20 p.m. PST

"The stalemated conflict in Afghanistan is becoming a forever war because it is a "for profit' enterprise for powerful interests on both Afghan sides of the war. Many senior leaders of the Afghan government, as well as the Taliban, are profiting daily from the conflict – why would they want to participate in a peace process that would kill their cash cow? This does not mean that the US government should withdraw from the war – which is as worth fighting today as it was in 2001. We cannot allow Afghanistan to again become a sanctuary for international jihadists. The Taliban is not an existential threat to America and the West, but groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS are. It is in America's interest for both the Afghan government and the Taliban to resist international jihadist infiltration. That means that American economic strategy needs to be radically changed if we expect to get both sides to the peace table for serious negotiations.

To approach a solution, we must first understand the problem. Regarding the Afghan government, we need to realize that every dollar provided by the United States to pay Afghan government officials, soldiers, police, and subcontractors has a portion siphoned off at every level from the ministries in Kabul down to the battalion or district level. This type of corruption is ingrained in the cultures of the region, and no amount of lecturing on the part of American officials is going to eliminate the institutional tradition of backsheesh. Our unfiltered largesse is part of the problem, not part of the solution…"
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mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 4:55 p.m. PST

I got a new approach with a lot fewer words, "leave."

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

(smile)

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Lost Wolf10 Oct 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

Yep, that'd do it

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