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Trump's Afghan quandary: victory and peace desired, but can't have both
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Tuesday 12/04:
Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie warned the Senate Armed Services Committee against an abrupt withdrawal of American forces or change in strategy despite frustration over the status of the 17-year conflict. He said he doesn’t know how long it will take to develop an Afghan force capable of defending its own country.

“If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they would be able to successfully defend their country,” McKenzie said.

“They’re fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct this problem,” he said, in one of the US military’s more dire assessments of the Afghan losses.
https://www.tolonews.com/index.php/afgha...-stalemate

Wednesday 12/05:
“You turn the dial up,” Gen. Miller said of the US intentions now that they think the Taliban are willing to negotiate. The assumption is that the Taliban will want an end to the war and start making concessions to avoid further US escalations.

Yet this ignores the entire 17+ year history of the war, in which the Taliban has always been content to wait out US surges, particularly those that seem extremely temporary, and continue to amass gains where they can.
https://news.antiwar.com/2018/12/05/us-c...-position/

New CENTCOM head on Afghanistan mission: ‘I don’t know how long it will take’
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/penta...will-take/

Thursday 12/06:
“But that means you’re gonna lose some people, and then it’s fair for Americans to ask, ‘why am I doing this? Why am I putting my sons and daughters in harm’s way?’ And the answer is, there’s a certain cost to doing things in the world, being engaged,” McChrystal said. “That’s not as satisfying. That’s not an applause line kind of answer, but that’s what I think, the only thing I could recommend.”

In a phone call with Task & Purpose on Wednesday, McChrystal declined to further expand upon what he meant by those remarks. A State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
https://taskandpurpose.com/mcchrystal-af...le-pompeo/
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Why do we need to make sure Afghanistan can take care of itself? Why is that our job? At some point we will have to face reality, pull back, lick our wounds, and turn our troops on the corrupt bastards who started all this.
"Here they defended themselves to the last, those who still had swords using them, and the others resisting with their hands and teeth."Herodotus VII, 225
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(12-06-2018, 01:22 PM)atabrigade Wrote: Why do we need to make sure Afghanistan can take care of itself? Why is that our job? At some point we will have to face reality, pull back, lick our wounds, and turn our troops on the corrupt bastards who started all this.

Sounds like you're not on the gravy train.
Oh well... deposit your complaint form in the suggestions box two years from now.
We'll be sure to pass it on to management.
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#4
Gotta defend those poppy fields..
More bombs dropped in Afghanistan this year than any other.
What help we are, have been.
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