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THE EXIT STRATEGY..

By David Vance On March 16th, 2012

The utter futility of the continued US presence in Afghanistan becomes more apparent by the day;

“The U.S. suffered a major blow in Afghanistan as President Hamid Karzai made a surprise demand that the American-led coalition pull its troops from villages back to bases, opening a new rift that threatens the U.S. strategy in the country.”

Here’s a suggestion. Oblige Karzai but make it even better – pull back troops to the US! The miserable apology for a Government that Karzai  leads is not worth ONE single US or UK life. I was an enthusiastic supporter of the mission to Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and kill Al Queda. I remain clear that was the right thing to do. But mission creep and a complete lack of clear war aims has turned this into a farce. It is time to go, in God’s name and go now.

16 Responses to “THE EXIT STRATEGY..”

  1. Reminds me of Nixon’s If I have lost Cronkite moment.

    It is certainly time to depart.

  2. Some societies cannot and will not be improved.

  3. “Some societies cannot and will not be improved.”

    Pity you – but more importantly your political leaders – didn’t realise that ten years ago. After all, there was plenty of information available at the time, but such was the rush to war in the US that they chose to/had to ignore it.

    And the call that “It is time to go, in God’s name and go now” (with Cromwellian pathos) is hardly credible in the mouth of someone who was cheering on this war for so long and now wants to abandon it just when the Taleban is more embedded in Afghani society than ever.
    (although I think a vague hope that a retreat will damage Obama in November has something to do with this new pacifism. Wait for the jeers and cheers when the disengagement starts, from the same people who are now calling for it.)

  4. “Some societies cannot and will not be improved.”

    Unevolved Societies, which are a threat or hindrance to the rest of the Nations must be eradicated.

    Measles, mumps, rubella are the bodies Taliban.

    God gave us the intellegence to recognise their threat and the ability to devise ways (innoculations) to counter them and eventually exterminate them entirely.

    Rogue, disfunctional countries like Afghanistan are the planets diseases.

    That’s exactly why God came to the rescue again and gave us the ultimate vaccine, Noel: The Hydrogen Bomb!

  5. Noel

    My comment was not meant to the lazy conclusion that the invasion was in any way bad.

    You bomb my city or my country, you pay a heavy price for it. We don’t give you a second chance.

    The only legitimate debate was how the invasion was conducted.

  6. “You bomb my city or my country, you pay a heavy price for it.”

    Pity every country you’ve attacked didn’t have the means to apply that principle.

  7. Rogue, dysfunctional countries like Afghanistan…

    Have a look at the ethnic/racial/linguistic/cultural map of Afghanistan. It is so utterly divided that it cannot possibly function as a country, ever – and it never has. It should be dissolved and split towards the real countries on its borders.

    Bear in mind that Afghanistan is the multi-culti model for the US/UK and the rest of the western world.

  8. Didn’t Afghanistan work somewhat well in the fifties and sixties?

    I hear tell of hippies and backpackers peacefully staying in Kandahar and Kabul, and of working agricultural industries

    This was not terribly long ago.

  9. Phantom –

    Yes, and that was a period of relatively little meddling by foreign powers.

  10. Before they were invaded by the USSR. And all that came after that.

  11. Including the West backing Islamist militants like OBL.

  12. That turned out to be an error for sure.

    The funding / arming of the mujahideen was started by Jimmy Carter, not exactly an arch imperialist. He faced a situation where all the choices were bad – arm these groups, or accept a Soviet invasion.

    All bad choices then, and now.

  13. It was started under Jimmy carter, but it was the brainchild and work of Zbigniew Brzezinski and his chums.

    He admits that aid to the mujahadeen started before the Soviet invasion. It was aid for them against the pro-Soviet Kabul regime designed to provoke the Soviet invasion:

    Brzezinski: … And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

    Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

    Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

  14. Link

  15. Surely it was the Jews what done it. Allan?

  16. Colonialism is always underpinned by racism. Always has been and still is.

    https://twitter.com/#!/Majstar7/status/179901348073062401/photo/1

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