10 Years of Pointlessness

And one person ‘in the know’ says that we’ve only done the job in Afghanistan half way

The United States and its allies are “little better than” halfway towards their goals in the war in Afghanistan, which they began with a “frighteningly simplistic” view of the country, according to the former US commander Stanley McChrystal.

All for what?

The retired general said that even after ten years there was a shortage of the sort of knowledge that could help bring the conflict to a successful conclusion. His remarks came as a damning report was released by Jane’s which said the future of Afghanistan would still “hang in the balance” after the planned departure of allied combat forces by the end of 2014.

Afghanistan is a land of tribalism where conflict will NEVER end. There will NEVER be a cessation of strife there. The Brits got out, the Russians gave up, and now we’ve wasted a decade of resources and thousands of lives on a war we never could win if we occupied the entire country and had soldiers in every house in it.

Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner… has out Bush-ed Bush in that wretched death-trap. History will mock the United States over our entanglement in Afghanistan- with good reason.

One thought on “10 Years of Pointlessness

  1. When you wrote

    The Brits got out

    did you know that it took them 80 years to “get out”? We are beating the Soviets at the game, they ‘got out’ after only nine years with a bit of assistance from the US.

    McChrystal’s statement is unfortunately all too true when one looks at America’s interactions with the world, not just Afghanistan

    “We didn’t know enough and we still don’t know enough,” he said. “Most of us – me included – had a very superficial understanding of the situation and history, and we had a frighteningly simplistic view of recent history, the last 50 years.”

    American exceptionalism, “We’re so great, we don’t need to know anything about inferior cultures”, has all too often led the US into situations where a little bit of local knowledge would have been of great value in saving lives and dollars.

    Anyway – if General McChrystal thinks we are “little better than halfway” does that mean we can be finished in another 10 years?


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