Leaving Afghanistan

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But given what Afghanistan spawned, given the Taliban’s record, given the terror that was unleashed when Mullah Omar and his ilk were left to their own devices, it’s difficult to believe that the best course of action is to declare victory and head for home.

If the U.S. and its NATO allies rush the timetable and quit Afghanistan without (1) weakening the Taliban insurgency to a level where it doesn’t threaten the central government and/or (2) building up government forces to a level where they can smother Taliban flare-ups, the result will be similar to what happened the last time the West abandoned Afghanistan. It pays to recall that after the defeat of the Red Army, Afghanistan was considered unimportant—and left to the Taliban and their fellow jihadists. Then came September 11, 2001.

To put a finer point on it, the notion that the Taliban are brutal, backward, thuggish killers who make common cause with the likes of al Qaeda simply because foreign troops are on Afghan territory is plainly not true. Before September 11, 2001, before the U.S. invasion of October 7, 2001, before the Obama administration’s truncated surge of 2009, before any foreign troops were on their soil, the Taliban were brutal, backward, thuggish killers who made common cause with the likes of al Qaeda. And today, sensing and seeing that the U.S. commitment is waning, they have gotten their second wind, not unlike a tired long-distance runner who glimpses the finish line.

The Brookings Institution’s Afghanistan Index underscores the growing strength of the Taliban and other groups waging war against the U.S. in Afghanistan:

  • The Taliban insurgency represented some 3,200 fighters in 2004 but more than 30,000 by the end of 2010.
  • Cross-border attacks by the Haqqani Network are up 500 percent.
  • Haqqani Network IED attacks are up 20 percent.
  • Assassinations have spiked from less than one per month to about 10 per month.
  • There were 155 U.S. troops killed in 2008; there were 418 killed in 2011.
  • The number of internal refugees has jumped from 150,000 to 352,000 in three years.

With statistics like these in mind, Sen. Joseph Lieberman offered a commonsense reaction to the administration’s plan to undercut its own withdrawal timetable:

“This change is not justified by facts on the ground. While we all share the goal of drawing down our military presence in Afghanistan, this should be driven by developments on the ground in Afghanistan, not by the whims of Washington.”

But the president is not going to be confused by the facts on the ground. He wants U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, and he wants to show the American people in this election year that he is “turning the page on a decade of war,” as he puts it.

According to Panetta, as the U.S. and NATO head for the exits, “a large civilian presence” will stay behind to keep things on track. Given that this is the very model the Obama administration is employing in Iraq—where 434 Iraqis have been killed since U.S. troops handed everything over to “a large civilian presence” 50 days ago—Panetta’s words are not particularly reassuring.

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  • http://www.contexflexed.com Flipside

    This is just more HUDSON INSTITUTE crap about how the US needs to be on a permanent war footing and occupying several countries at once to project our dominance in the oil industry. It is a strong example of why most consultants are charlatans. Breaking America's economy is NOT sound foreign policy. It is sound PERSONAL economic policy if you are a goldbricker who makes his money on saber-rattling. That is all. "Public Policy Research and communications consultancy" is nothing more than propaganda.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    “By mid- to the latter part of 2013, we’ll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise and assist role,” Panetta said.

    While I support getting out of Afghanistan ASAP, I definitely disagree with everything about the way the incompetent Obama administration is going about it. I want out of Afghanistan because the entire nation-building mission is incredibly fantasy based and counterproductive since it is based on false PC multicultural premises and and misconceptions about Islam that preordained the mission to fail. While Obama wants out to appease his delusional leftwing base and because he doesn't have a clue.

    Anyway, lifting up Muslims in essence is lifting up our eternal enemies. We should not be lifting up our eternal enemies. Instead, we should be rendering them into abject poverty. Therefore, in a nutshell the Afghanistan nation-building mission is incredibly fantasy based and counterproductive.

    First, the notion that “our vital national interest” somehow has an expiration date was nothing short of bizarre.

    Uhm…unless you are delusional, we don't have any vital national interest in Afghanistan.

    the much-ballyhooed surge of 30,000 troops was less than what the generals asked for

    The surge was doomed to fail, just like the surge in Iraq inevitably failed before, as the entire basis for the fantasy based nation-building missions were founded on false PC multicultural premises and misconceptions about Islam. The surge in Iraq may have been successful in stopping the violence, but nevertheless Iraq is not a loyal ally and friend, or a beacon for democracy in the Middle East. Indeed, it is a Sharia state and our eternal enemy, just like Afghanistan is as well.

    As a matter of fact, Hamid Karsai announced a few months ago that if the USA attacked Pakistan, that Afghanistan would go to war against America on the side of Pakistan. Indeed, why do TPTB continue to ignore obvious contradictions and realities, while they continue doing the same damn things and going back to the same sources for information about Islam?

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal wanted 40,000—and arguably never had the full impact it was designed to have.

    That's an excuse to blame Obama. The fantasy based nation-building mission because it was founded on false PC multicultural misconceptions about Islam was preordained to fail no matter what.

    To be sure, the American people and their military should not be expected to sacrifice more for Afghanistan than the Afghan people are themselves willing to sacrifice.

    I hate to rain on this writer's parade, but those Afghan people are our eternal enemies just like all Muslims the world over. Indeed, lifting up the Afghan people is analogous to lifting up Hitler and the Nazis subsequent to WWII. It would have been insane after WWII and it is just as insane today after 9/11.

    But given what Afghanistan spawned,

    They didn't spawn anything? They didn't make the decision for America to allow mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage. Indeed, without millions of Muslim stealth jihadists already living in America as a fifth column, the 9/11 violent jihad attack would have been entirely impossible.

    given the terror that was unleashed when Mullah Omar and his ilk were left to their own devices,

    Uhm terror is not an Islamic manifestation, as Muslims instead fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, which, in stark contrast to terrorism, involves both violent and non-violent means. In fact, if an act of violence wasn't perpetrated in the cause of Allah by Muslims, then it is a terrorist act. On the other hand, if an act of violence was perpetrated in the cause of Allah by Muslims, then it is an act of jihad. Moreover, mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme is also jihad. Indeed, they are two very unique, distinct, and mutually exclusive manifestations.

    With respect to the Taliban's brutal oppression, it was also prevalent within the Northern Alliance as well, as both sides were Sharia compliant and very Islamic conservative societies. Indeed, the so-called democracy in Afghanistan that is really an oppressive Sharia state sentences blasphemers and apostates to death all the time even as we stupidly continue to prop it up.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    it’s difficult to believe that the best course of action is to declare victory and head for home

    I hate to rain on this writer's parade again, but unless the USA forcefully converts all Muslims in Afghanistan to something else, Muslims will continue being Muslims no matter what or how long the USA stays in Afghanistan.

    It pays to recall that after the defeat of the Red Army, Afghanistan was considered unimportant—and left to the Taliban and their fellow jihadists. Then came September 11, 2001.

    That is utterly moronic! Indeed, this writer is incredibly mentally incompetent, as he believes that instead of owing us gratitude for assistance rendered after the defeat of the Red Army, they owed us disdain and therefore perpetrated 9/11. In other words, like Obama's Pastor Rev. Wright and that unhinged kook Ron Paul, according to this moronic writer, 9/11 was America's chickens coming home to roost!

    Uhm…I hate to rain on this writer's utterly unhinged parade again, but 9/11 was a jihad attack! Indeed, per the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, every Muslim on earth</n> is obligated to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. No exceptions. Hence, every Muslim on earth is a jihadist. A small minority of them are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are non-violent jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

    There were 155 U.S. troops killed in 2008; there were 418 killed in 2011.

    Thanks to the ill advised surge and the insane rules of engagement designed to win the hearts and minds of Muslims that are obligated per the texts and tenets of Islam to maintain nothing but enmity in their hearts for non-Muslim unbelievers.

    According to Panetta, as the U.S. and NATO head for the exits, “a large civilian presence” will stay behind to keep things on track.

    Good luck with that. They will need it, as that is suicidal!

    Indeed, the chronic institutional blindness of our political elites on both sides of the political spectrum is truly amazing, and, of course, it is because they all get their information on Islam from the same exact source, our elite colleges and universities with Muslim hijacked, co-opted, and usurped Middle East Studies Departments controlled by MESA Nostra.

  • KKKK

    agreed 10)% with this report!

  • Flowerknife_us

    The way the Middle east is going, our Troops may find the need to pass through Iran to get out.