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Looking Back at Afghanistan,
the War of Necessity

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Posted By: Hazymac, 12/30/2019 8:45:07 AM

"The Ten Ships," which was written ten years ago, argued that Afghanistan had no intrinsic geographical value in the War on Terror. (Snip) Time has been kind to that assessment. Attempts to remake Afghanistan into something moderately Western through nation-building has wound up feeding the Taliban. "Families of almost 150 U.S. service members and civilians who were killed or wounded in terror attacks in Afghanistan sued a group of Western contractors involved in the nation's reconstruction for allegedly bribing the Taliban for protection for years."

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MDConservative 12/30/2019 9:32:13 AM (No. 274326)
After nearly 20 years we are still committed to this deathtrap. To what end?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: NYbob 12/30/2019 3:57:18 PM (No. 274632)
Many years ago when the British were trying to control the Kiber Pass it was standard policy that if any British soldier was attacked by Afgans, British biplanes would bomb the nearest village. I guess it ultimately didn't work, but the idea was interesting. Somehow I thought the 'war on terror' would work extra hard to kill the radical imams who cultivated class after class of suicide bombers at certain Mosques. Go to one of the sources before you camp out for 20 years. It is a special kind of naivete that thinks Americans can civilize tribes who never advance much beyond the 7th century and who regard sex crimes against boys as some kind of accepted behavior.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: GO3 12/30/2019 5:46:16 PM (No. 274700)
As far as paying the Taliban goes, Richard just covers the tip of the iceberg. We, i.e., our forces have been paying the Taliban to protect our supply lines. He hits the contractors hard as he should, but that's only part of the equation. A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties. Who signed on behalf of the US forces? Some general wanted the contractors to accomplish something, and he probably didn't sign the contract personally, but his contracting officer did. He and every citizen should remember that because the general is spending your money.
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