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23 Dec 2018 10:39 a.m. PST
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Tango0122 Dec 2018 9:34 p.m. PST

"First it was Syria, then came Afghanistan. Two days ago, President Trump shocked the foreign policy community by announcing the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, wrongly claiming the Islamic State has been defeated. Within the last 24 hours, reports have emerged that the US military will quickly pull nearly half of its forces from Afghanistan, and likely withdraw the rest by the end of 2019.

Trump's decision is unsurprising to us. We've reported since October that the order to withdraw from Afghanistan could come at any time.

Many are celebrating the move, pointing to the length of the conflict (17 years), the enormous sunk cost and the inability of the Afghan government to stand on its own. Careful readers of this website will note that we have been critical of the war effort, and especially the rosy rhetoric employed by US military officials. We could easily pen another biting critique of the US-led war…."
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NavyVet23 Dec 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

It was time to go. It was pointless to remain only to keep from losing. Afghanistan most likely will fragment into tribal confederations and client states of Russia, Iran, Pakistan and possibly China. Afghanistan was never a real country. This reality is quite evident.

USAFpilot23 Dec 2018 1:34 p.m. PST

And what is the cost of staying in terms of blood and treasure? Maybe we should have stayed out of Afghanistan back when the USSR invaded. And maybe after kicking Sadam out of Kuwait in 1991, we should have left Iraq alone. We create our problems by interfering where we don't belong.

28mm Fanatik23 Dec 2018 5:15 p.m. PST

Insurgents always win in Afghanistan. The US authored the recipe for how David can defeat Goliath when it supported the mujahideen against the Soviets in the '80's. All they have to do is play the long game.

At least the US outlasted the Soviets by seven years in this god-forsaken "country."

shirleys painting Inactive Member23 Dec 2018 7:56 p.m. PST

My husband, John, was wounded in Kunar Province, 2009.

He has no use for the place.

carne6824 Dec 2018 8:41 a.m. PST

We are now losing almost as many guys to insider attacks by our "allies" as we are to the enemy. Time to go.

microgeorge24 Dec 2018 1:31 p.m. PST

How about the just spraying their opium fields with Roundup every year? That would be would be a cost effective way to deal with a large part of their income.

28mm Fanatik24 Dec 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

The Talis just want foreigners out of "their" turf. They were not behind the 9/11 attacks; that was Al Qaeda. We should have gotten out of there once AQ was defeated and Osama bin Laden was "taken care of." Staying in Afghanistan forever and pouring in billions upon billions to prop up a weak government in Kabul that will NEVER be able to stand up on its own makes no sense.

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