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Afghanistan Update

Thursday, March 15, 2012

We’ll get an update on the latest troubles in Afghanistan with Washington Post Pentagon reporter Craig Whitlock.

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*HOW* TO GET OUT NOW

Afghanistan is our longest war.
It costs over $100 billion per year.
It harms our soldiers, it strains our alliances, and it
damages our international reputation.

Afghanistan is CLEARLY not worth it - it never was.
Bin Laden was in Pakistan, not in Afghanistan. He is dead.
His supporters are on the run.

Invading and occupying Afghanistan - was NEVER worth it -
throughout recorded history from Alexander the Great to
the Soviets to us.

The question is *HOW* DO WE GET OUT NOW.

1) Don't wait for the Taliban to approve.

We do not need a treaty - we merely need a
PUBLIC STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE :

a) We're leaving now.

b) We reserve the right to continue anti-terrorism strikes
within Afghanistan against terrorists and their supporters
who threaten us - into the indefinite future.

c) This means we may conduct air strikes, drone strikes and
special forces raids as we believe needed.

d) We will try to minimize innocent Afghan casualties, however,
if anyone threatens to STOP or impede our anti-terrorist
strikes, we will destroy those targets.

e) If you don't like this, feel free to take it up with the
U.N. security council - we will veto it there.

f) If you don't bother us, we are delighted to leave you alone.

2) Don't wait for the current government to approve.

They won't. They are making a personal fortune from the funds
we pour into their country and make additional money from
corruption on all sides.

All of Afghanistan probably never produced $1 Trillion
worth of anything in the past 50 years. (or perhaps EVER).

If necessary, they will secretly collude with the Taliban
to keep us there for longer.

They'd also rather have us fight their various enemies than
do it themselves. But while our soldiers die for them, they
will continue to treat us with blatent open disrespect.

3) It's their country and it's their culture.

Don't try to force our cultural values on their
thousands of year old back-water society.
It's their country and culture - AND it is NOT
WORTH OUR TIME, MONEY AND BLOOD.

They will no doubt go back to their unpleasant bigoted,
mysogynistic, xenophobic and ignorant ways.
If we want to get involved in humanitarian or missionary
work there are MANY MANY places in the world where our
efforts and resources would do FAR MORE GOOD, FOR FAR
MORE PEOPLE, WITH FAR BETTER LONG TERM RESULTS, WITH FAR
LESS RISK AND COST TO US, and WHERE OUR WORK WOULD BE
APPRECIATED.

How much good could say - $50 billion do for humanitarian
and educational efforts sponsored by charities and/or the UN
throughout the world ? Don't waste our time, money and blood
in Afghanistan.

(Ctd next post)

Mar. 15 2012 03:31 PM
*HOW* TO GET OUT NOW (part 2)

(Part II - continued from previous post)

4) Don't wait until the Afghan forces are "trained".
It takes less than 1 year to train US police or new army recruits.
They've had more than 10. If they were sincere, they'd
have been ready a long, long time ago. But it's far too lucrative
for them to keep us there (see 2 and 3 above), so they will NOT
be sincere. When we leave, they will learn very quickly anything they actually need to know but haven't learned yet (probably very little if
anything). If they don't, they'll die.

5) Manage our military leaders.
Nobody likes to "lose". Many of our current military leaders
have built their entire careers in Afghanistan - they've been
there for over 10 years - they cannot emotionally (or career-wise)
let go.

Unfortunately, they keep doubling down with OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES
AND TREASURE. This is the classic quagmire/escalating commitment
problem. They have to be ORDERED OUT - NOT ASKED WHEN THEY'D
LIKE TO (OR THINK IT BEST TO) LEAVE.

The President - as commander in Chief - should TELL THEM - NOT ASK
THEM - When they WILL BE OUT. They should then be told to suck it in
and do what they're told. The PRESIDENT is commander in chief and
as soldiers it is their duty to obey to the best of their ability
the US Civilian leadership not to bureaucratically resist and
undermine the STRATEGIC decisions of their Commander in Chief.

The military is a master of tactics. The PRESIDENT'S JOB
is STRATEGIC.

Even IF we could EVENTUALLY "win" in Afghanistan,
STRATEGICALLY it would not be worth it.

It never was.
GET OUT NOW.

Mar. 15 2012 03:27 PM

WHAT ARE WE DOING IN AFGHANISTAN?!?!?!?

Mar. 15 2012 01:57 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Maybe another reason for the difference in the reactions to the Qur'an burning & to the murders is that the Qur'ans were burned (even if inadvertently) by soldiers carrying out their official duties, while the Afghan civilians were murdered by a soldier acting on his own. Of course, that may not be how they're perceived by many Afghanis.

Mar. 15 2012 01:37 PM
John from NJ

100's of US marines were disarmed for Panetta's visit. What kind of message does that send the troops? Panetta and Dempsey recently indicated that they don't answer to the US Congress, but to the UN and NATO. Is the real fear that our troops could arrest him?

Mar. 15 2012 01:30 PM

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