posted on 09 July 2016
Written by Frank Li
America's War in Afghanistan has been going on for almost 15 years, with no end in sight. Here is a recent news story: Obama to leave more troops than planned in Afghanistan.
It's debatable whether President Obama has ever made a good decision about Afghanistan. It's undebatable that this war has been a total disaster not only for the Afghans, but also for America! Hear me out ...
1. No foreigner has ever won in Afghanistan!
Three significant examples:
Will America's fate be different? "No", according to a Soviet commander (shown below)! For more, read: Soviet commander: U.S. faces similar Afghan fate.
2. Why are we there?
President Obama proved to be no better than President George W. Bush in using the war as a tool to advance his personal interest: getting re-elected ad nauseam! For more, read: Three Worst American Terrorists: JFK, GWB, and BHO!
As a result, almost 15 years after the war was launched, we are still there in Afghanistan, despite the fact that Osama bin Laden has been killed (in Pakistan) several years ago!
3. What should we do?
Get out, now! Or in the words of a Soviet-Afghan War general: "find your quickest way home"! For more, watch the video at the end.
For America, Afghanistan's situation is fundamentally different from Iraq's as follows:
Different situations require different dealings!
President Obama has indeed been dealing with these two situations differently, in oppositely wrong ways though. Specifically,
What a total disaster, still on-going! For more, read: President Obama and War.
Like many Muslim countries in that region, Afghanistan has been perpetually at war and will remain so for the foreseeable future. It’s time for us to cut the losses and move on. Very importantly, stop exporting democracy, which does not even work at home! For more, read: Democracy: to be or not to be?
4. Why are we still there in Afghanistan?
In addition to blaming President Obama, blame American politics!
In other words, "too much has been sacrificed there and too little has been gained to justify a total withdrawal now", just like the British and the Soviets hesitated for many years before their final and total withdrawals!
More pointedly, President Obama has simply been treading water in Afghanistan (as well as in Iraq), until the next administration takes over! Meanwhile, more American lives and treasure will be lost. The chart below highlights the monetary cost (Afghanistan war cost).
Speaking of the next administration, between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who is more likely to end our war in Afghanistan? President Trump, of course! For more, read: America's Post-WWII Foreign Policy.
Now, please sit back and enjoy the video below …
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