Nikitas3.com has been a persistent critic of the war in Afghanistan. Nikitas3.com has called for years for US withdrawal so that no more blood or treasure is squandered in that faraway, impoverished, backward and lawless wasteland that conquered even the greatest warrior of all time, Alexander the Great.
We now have lost 2,403 American military lives there, with thousands more injured and $1 trillion expended. And for what? Why are were even in Afghanistan?
Most people have forgotten. So here is the quick background story:
Terror mastermind Osama bin Laden had moved to Afghanistan in 1996. The US military entered Afghanistan in October 2001 shortly after 9/11 in order to kill bin Laden.
But even during the late 1990s US president Bill Clinton knew that bin Laden was there. It is reported that bin Laden had his wives and children there too, and thus Clinton, and then president George W. Bush, both are reported to have declined to bomb his home out of fear of a public backlash over killing the women and children. Clinton even claimed that satellite photos showed playground equipment outside bin Laden’s home, which easily could have been a decoy device designed to deter an attack.
And thus instead of bombing bin Laden to smithereens, along with his wives and children, we sent in the US military to get him in an act of political correctness; failed to get him as he fled; and we are still in Afghanistan in the longest war in American history, with enormous US losses and heartbreak. US forces finally killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
Now president Trump is calling for the Afghan war to continue. Trump is expected to add up to 4,000 US troops to the 8,400 troops currently deployed. Our current deployment is supposed to be an occupying and training force, not a combat force, although they are doing plenty of fighting.
Breitbart News reports that the new troops would be part of a “train-and-advise mission to Afghan troops fighting the Taliban and expand a counterterrorism mission to defeat Al Qaeda, the Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, as well as other terrorist organizations.”
So the continuing of the war and the increase in troops appear to have a valid reason, but Nikitas3.com does not believe that we can ever “win” that war or even come close. Here is Alex Pfeiffer at The Daily Caller reporting on the issue:
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Monday night about America’s future in Afghanistan and said that the U.S. will remain in there indefinitely until conditions on the ground change.
…Trump has long criticized the war and said Monday night at Fort Myer, Va., that his initial instinct was to “pull out.”
The president said that sitting in the Oval Office changed his mindset, and he looked to the advice of his national security advisers. “After many meetings, over many months, we held our final meeting last Friday at Camp David, with my cabinet and generals, to complete our strategy. I arrived at three fundamental conclusions about America’s core interests in Afghanistan,” Trump said.
These three conclusions were that the U.S. “must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made,” a quick withdrawal would create a “vacuum that terrorists – including ISIS and Al Qaeda – would instantly fill,” and that security threats in Afghanistan and South Asia “are immense.”
He claimed Pakistan gives safe haven to terrorists, which does not help with the situation in Afghanistan. Trump said he inherited a bad situation, but didn’t have the “luxury” of going back in time.
OK, so we now can see what Trump has decided and it appears to be a valid plan. Trump wants first and foremost to recognize the sacrifices that thousands of American soldiers and their families have made with an “honorable and enduring outcome”.
This is something that never happened in Vietnam or in Iraq, where Obama pulled out US troops and let the nation fall into chaos.
Trump said, “As a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways. A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin, or end, military operations. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.”
So has Nikitas3.com called it wrong in wishing to see US troops pulled out?
Well, the issue goes both ways. First, I wish very much to see no more US lives lost.
Second, I opposed the US withdrawal from Iraq, as did many top military officials, but that was a totally different situation. We had won a tenuous victory in Iraq that was threatened by US withdrawal.
Unfortunately we have won no such victory in Afghanistan and there is none in sight. And so defending the honor of those who have died with more deaths – which are inevitable – does not make sense. Here is more from Breitbart News that backs up the Nikitas3.com position:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) released a statement on Monday opposing any plan to add additional troops to the ground mission in Afghanistan, hours before President Donald Trump addresses the nation about his plans for the region.
“The mission in Afghanistan has lost its purpose, and I think it is a terrible idea to send any more troops into that war,” Paul said in a statement.
The press release also pointed out that Rand has previously proposed an amendment to the NDAA to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) forcing Congress to vote on any further military action in Afghanistan.
“His amendment expresses the sense of Congress that the President cannot conduct ongoing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan without an AUMF from Congress authorizing such conduct,” the release reads. “He strongly believes that if the President and Congress want to continue the war in Afghanistan, then at the very least Congress should vote on it.”
So there you go. Breitbart also reported:
In 2014, Barack Obama announced plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by the time he left office in January 2017. However, he later reversed his decision after the Taliban made a comeback, leaving 8,400 troops in the country.
Thus apparently the military has been convincing presidents to stay in Afghanistan. It is hard to know what the truth is. But at this point we cannot look back. We must deal with the conditions that we have now as Trump appears to be doing. But Nikitas3.com still favors a total US pullout. Enough!
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