If I were briefing President Obama on Afghanistan

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If I were able to brief the President on the current situation in Afghanistan, I would say this: Leave now. Maintain a small force of Special Operations men and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Predators etc) at Bagram Airbase. From there, potential terror training camps can be dealt with swiftly.

We no longer need a large force in Afghanistan, a country with no hope for achieving 20th century  competence.

We won. We did what we needed to do, thus achieving strategic victory. Now our troops only present living targets. Al-Qaeda is an ever elongating shadow, badly defeated even as the media told us we were losing.

Let’s leave Afghanistan, whose dark age mindset and advancement cannot possibly be rectified in our lifetime.

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6 thoughts on “If I were briefing President Obama on Afghanistan

    Amos Volante said:
    June 25, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I work on BMW cars as a hobby. If you brought me an old 525i that had been driving around on 20″ chrome wheels, neglected, and rebuilt from a bad wreck and asked me to work on the car, do you know what I’d say?

    This is a bad choice. Bring me a better car.

    Afghanistan is a desert full of nothing. Just leave. We can go back anytime we want. Even Russia knew that.

    Unless we legalize opiates. Is that on the agenda?

    T. J. Babson said:
    June 27, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Agreed. There is nothing we can accomplish there.

    kernunos said:
    June 27, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Well, I think there is something we can accomplish there but it is not a large land force type of place. There is nobody to fight until they pop up in an isolated incident. Combine that with more forces being more targets for snipers and bombers and you see what you get. It is easier actually to be vigilant protecting a smaller force in this situation.

    T. J. Babson said:
    June 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    If you read Winston Churchill on Afghanistan, it is obvious that the place hasn’t changed in 100 years. Whatever we do is like writing on sand.

    kernunos said:
    June 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Agreed as to the point of changing the country. I was thinking along the lines of a very small contingency to stop the country from becoming full scale terrorist training grounds again. Keep some special forces with their ears and eyes open talking to the locals. A little intelligence work that can bring swift action. A good way to keep Special Forces honed and kill terrorists at the same time.

    kernunos said:
    July 2, 2009 at 1:16 am

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/01/AR2009070103202_pf.html

    This plan does not look to have us leaving anytime soon.

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