Afghanistan is a War that Can Not be Won?
Winning the War?
Can you win if you don’t know what it means to win? Can you win if you don’t know what is being won? What is the “prize”?
At some point the United States Government has got to wake up and realize that you can not enforce belief systems with Military Force. What do we have to gain in Afghanistan by continuing to bully a people who do not believe like we do?
“Win” or “Lose” when American and Allied forces finally pull out of Afghanistan the beliefs of the people will not have changed. The World will never be a single democracy based on profit seeking. Our own model is failing yet we keep trying to cram it down everyone else’s throat.
Many in the World Abhor the American consumption model and would not choose to life the way we live even it they could. Our way of living is counter to their belief systems. And yes there are those that would prefer to live like we do, but shouldn’t they stand up and fight for their own cause?
Is the “answer” to keep sending troops? How many will be enough? Allied forces already out number known Taliban by a ratio of 12:1! How many more soldiers will it take to “win”, and what does the “winner” get for their efforts?
Taliban can at any time just slip on civilian clothes (Oops they already wear civilian clothes) and just blend into the background. Then what do you do wait? Wait for what, for them to pick up a rifle and identify themselves?
American support for this “war” is weaning as more and more Americans are wondering what it’s all about. Eight years in the making and with no end in sight? Do we as Americans support more troops, and what do they do? Does this turn into another blow it all up then build it all back again proposition?
Does anybody really know what is going on in Afghanistan besides trying to secure a government friendly to the United States Agenda of furthering oil development?
Can This War in Afghanistan be Won?
The Taliban in northern Afghanistan are sheltering among and recruiting from large communities of Pashtuns — descendants of settlers transplanted from the south in the early 20th century — fueling tensions with the Uzbeks and Tajiks who dominate the region.
At the same time, though, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chechens and Arabs linked to al Qaida have moved into northern Afghanistan with the Taliban , seeking to carry their jihad to the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and alarming Russia , which is grappling with Islamic insurgencies in the republics of Chechnya and Dagestan.
As the Taliban have extended their reach, they've also grown more formidable militarily by developing bigger and more effective improvised explosive devices. Insurgents have mounted 7,228 IED attacks so far this year, compared with 81 in 2003, and, as McClatchy reported last month, the homemade bombs have even destroyed some Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, the most heavily armored U.S. troop transports.
If you can not “see” the enemy how can you fight them? There is no question the United States and it’s allies could use Air Supremacy to blow everything up, but that’s not how this war is fought. This is a ground war that is fought with real American Lives and to what end?
I hope I’m wrong, I hope the $4 Billion a month in Afghanistan is being well spent. If we have learned anything in the past week it’s that the “enemy” is very difficult to spot. Are they in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria? And what do they look like?
Somebody needs to figure out what this war is about. A war on “terrorists”, a war on Islam (Which will not be won), a war on? What are we fighting – ideology?
In my opinion, and I could be wrong… the United States needs to prioritize it’s war effort based on protecting our boarders and not trying to be the police force of humanity. There are many wrongs in our world; many corruptions, people suffering… but the 300,000 million Americans on our Planet can not enforce every matter of right and wrong for the 6,000,000 inhabitants.
The United States is not going to win a war of morality. When you stick your head into other peoples business you can really turn the tide against yourself.
I read a lot about this war in Afghanistan. I’ve read about the history when the United States supplied weapons to fight the Soviets, then turned and walked away. It’s not hard to see why so many in the World hate America… but do they hate Americans?
Does Anybody have the Answers?
Are we paying to kill our soldiers?
Virtually every major project includes a healthy cut for the insurgents. Call it protection money, call it extortion, or, as the Taliban themselves prefer to term it, “spoils of war,” the fact remains that international donors, primarily the United States, are to a large extent financing their own enemy.
You can read more about who is funding the enemy here: Reuters Blog – Who is Funding the Afghan Taliban.
Humans are paradoxically the most intelligent and stupid creatures on the planet. Can you imagine how much better life would be if we didn’t have to spend $800 Billion a year on “War”. Imagine putting that money into public works, solar energy farms, health care, infrastructure, public transportation.
Somebody set me straight on why this war in Afghanistan is in the interest of the American People and worth the cost.
While not “Real” in the sense that it actually happened, I can recommend that anyone who wants to get a “feel” for this war and the war in IRAQ, watch the movie “Hurt Locker”
I believe we MUST support our Troops as long as they are on the Frontlines, but we do not have to support the ideology behind the system without an accurate accounting for what is really going on. Bring our troops home and prioritize what Americans need. I am very happy to reap the Benefits of soldiers who bravely gave their lives in support of America. I understand the role of the Military in providing freedoms. But I do not understand putting lives of American Soldiers at risk for a War that has not been adequately described or justified to the American People.
Are the American People being served the Truth?