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Remind Me- Why are We in Afghanistan?

Updated on June 19, 2011


Peace Talks?

I need reminding why international troops are in Afghanistan.

Today it would appear that theU.S.and other nations are in talks with the Taliban. Why couldn’t this have been done several years and thousands of lives ago?

President Karzai of course, is denying such talks exist. He would, he does not want the peace. He is doing quite well, thank you very much.

His country is riddled with corruption and willingly receives 40% of its income from donor nations. If the war stops, much of these donations would also stop.

Karzai though, has not taken any serious actions to prevent corruption. It is he and his elite who are the recipients after all.

Now Afghanistan says they cannot deal with a new crisis involving the Kabul bank, at this time because all the Ministers are on summer break.

President Karzai
President Karzai
Kabul Bank
Kabul Bank

Summer Break

Hello Mr. Karzai, in case you did not know it, there is a war going on in your country. Many soldiers from around the World are being killed daily. Soldiers are wishing they could get a summer break. At least your ministers are in the same country as their families and can see them on a daily basis.

Hello again Mr. Karzai. Your country is full of corruption; you and your ministers are siphoning off money that hard working people from around the World donated to help your people. This despite, there is a World recession meaning many workers from those same donor countries cannot take summer vacations this year.

OK, I agree that the Taliban should not be allowed to run a country but then again should Karzai?

It is a clear sign of which of the two evils? But is that our place to decide? Perhaps we should now leave Afghanistan to the Afghans to sort out their own future.

For centuries Afghanistan has survived despite its own form of tribal conflicts. The Soviets, despite ten years of trying could not alter their course, now it seems nor can the rest of the World, so let’s leave it to them.

Yes, you say but the Taliban Harbored and allowed training camps for Al-Qaeda.

True but so did Libya, Sudan, Yemen and others. I don’t see us fighting all of them.

All this trouble started in Afghanistan when the U.S. trained the Taliban to fight, in order to resist the Soviet Forces. It is time to say, things have gone full circle and leave them to their own devices.

So, to sum up. I know why, rightly or wrongly, we started fighting in Afghanistan but surely now, with the death of Bin Laden and the corruption of the Afghan Government, isn’t it time we brought the soldiers home and let them get a summer break?


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    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "I am disturbed by the fact that Will blames Obama for a problem that has plagued us over the last 20 years or more."

      Where did I say anything like that? Are you always so dishonest?

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      albertacowpoke 6 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      It's called power and control Credence. Obama was prepared to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, which he received based on promises. Well it didn't pan out that way.

      Americans were sold a bag of goodies when the 30,000 troop surge was announced. Of course, tomorrow there could be a decision announced, which apparently will be 10,000 next month and another 10,000 by the end of next year. Apparently, based on the Iraq experience there will also be a schedule for withdrawal leading to 2014 to put pressure on the Afghan govenment.

      That too will be smoke and mirrors. Anyone that has followed this war and seen reports on it, can easily tell that the Taliban will be back in charge shortly after the withdrawal and Afghanistan will revert to its old ways. Was that really worth all the young lives lost there?

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I am disturbed by the fact that Will blames Obama for a problem that has plagued us over the last 20 years or more. Militarism is a linchpin of the political right. Because Mr. Obama is in charge now, that is why I am annoyed that the fiasco in that region of the world continues. Regardless of president or political party the common denominator is war and international sabre rattling. You can pull out the weed now, but it will be back before you know it. I want all of the defense dept strategy on protecting us reassessed. Most of the areas where we are fighting will not have military solutions. Spending millions to ferret a man from a rabbit hole is not the most effective use of my tax money. We all need to be smarter than 5th graders and find out what besides 'defense' is truly behind the military proliferation.

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      I don't want to be reminded why we're in Afghanistan. I just want US out!

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      albertacowpoke 6 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      Outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates actually categorized it as very preliminary and outreach contacts with the Taliban. In essence he argued that it is hard to find a credible Taliban source that speaks on behalf of the Taliban leadership. He said he expected no real results until at least the end of the year.

      While the decision on the pace of withdrawal rests with Obama, he has cautioned that the draw down should be modest, for fear of negating the gains recently made.

      He also stated that the Taliban has to be convinced that they can't win against NATO.

      You may have noticed that there has been an upswing in Talban violence.

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      Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

      I believe we must leave Afghanistan. The sooner, the better. The initial mission is over, there will be no peace in Afghanistan. Our troops must come home.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Now Obama can get another blip in the polls by just bringing the troops home. He promised he would when he campaigned, now he can make it so. Bring our troops Home!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Negotiating with the enemy..that ought to solve everything. There will never be peace in Afghanistan. It is time for us to leave. We have sacrifice enough.

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      ata1515 6 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

      The Afghan government is just following the American example and going on summer break despite the economic crisis in the USA. Afghanistan is no different then any other country in the world, except that it lacks legitimate government structures to spread wealth around. In the rest of the world government officials use government agencies to reward their supporters, whether it be a new education program, or a bridge to nowhere. In Afghanistan the officials are simply using available funds to help their supporters, but they are first funneling the funds to themselves.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We said we would never negotiate with terrorists who have sworn to destroy us, but here we are, doing it anyway, thanks to President Obama.