Is it time for the Americans to be out of Afghanistan? And has the job been well done?
In my opinion, we should have never been over there in the first place. I was in for 7 years and still to this day couldn't even tell you what our MAIN objective was. So as far as the job being done to any extent, I really don't know. I do look forward to seeing the responses from this question and get a better idea of how others feel. Thank you for posting this question!
Yes, we should leave. And No, there is no way to do that job well...as I hope we have learned. These internal battles between sects and tribes are thousands of years old and it's folly to think George W. Bush, Obama and others were suddenly going to fix that.
Yes, it's time for us to leave. The Soviets were there 10 years and got nowhere. We've been there as long and have gotten nowhere. OBL's death is a good way out for us but as my son, who deployed there about a month ago as a group of advisors to the Afghan National Army, says, an immediate withdrawal isn't likely.
Even as I write this, there is an NPR program discussing this very issue. The current plan is to have a slow withdrawal and be out by 2014 - let's hope they stick with it.
We have a serious problem. As long as Pakistan is harboring terrorists, Afghanistan remains vulnerable and history will repeat itself.
This means America, Afghanistan, India, Israel, Chechnya and parts of Europe and Asia will also remain vulnerable. The Taliban organization actually was started by Pakistani Military Intelligence (ISI) with the covert intention in destabilizing Afghanistan and India. Elements of the terrorist groups have grown so much that the ISI have lost some control of them.
Why did Osama bin Ladin feel comfortable being in Pakistan near the Pakistani military institutions? Or did the Pakistani military keep him there? Are the Pakistani Intelligence really incompetent when they can build a nuclear arsenal? And if there are really incompetent should we be concerned about their nuclear build-up when they tolerate terrorists? These are disturbing questions. You have to connect the dots to see the truth and not believe what they say.
Most Americans don't understand that the undercurrents from these Islamic radicals remain strong and hostile to other nations. The death of Osama is not going to change these Islamic radicals.
Billions of dollars from American tax-payers has been channeled to Pakistan. Pakistan projects an appearance of being an ally to US by catching some terrorists, just enough to fool US politicians. However, their real intentions are in promoting the growth of Islamic radicals to promote their Geo-political ambitions and build-up their nuclear arsenal.
The funds to Pakistan will come to haunt others including the US. Because right now American servicemen and women are in harms way fighting terrorists covertly supported by Pakistan.
History will show that US government and both US administrations (Bush & Obama) were fooled by Pakistan.
I think anyone who reads the news would have to say that the job has not been well done
I actually have a friend from Afghanistan, to quote his words of wisdom, "Afghanistan has been at war for a thousand years, how foolish of the Americans to think they can end the wars by starting yet another war."
There's your answer to your question.
Yes we should exit, but the job hasn't been well done like much that the government runs itself. Things could have been more efficient and handed over faster with more training.
It is easier said than done, Americans troop cannot pulled out right away, a lot more have to done, to insured our safety here on the home land.
Our troops need to come home, to that there can be no doubt, but at the same time I don't want them to come home knowing the job they have given so much to accomplish has not been completed yet. Our Vietnam troops came home knowing the Communist would soon take over S. Vietnam after they left. Our Korean troops came home knowing their sacrifices did not accomplish the goal they gave themselves to finishing. This crushing disappointment ought not be the fate of our current soldiers. Let them finish the job and come home knowing they have done All they could. Our troops need to come home able to hold their heads high, victorious in the mission. We owe them this dignity.
Yes. There was no purpose in it. We never should have been there, period.
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