Really, the Afghan strategy should be simple. One of two things:1) Meet with each warload, including the Taliban separately. Tell each of them that the US is leaving them in charge. Then pull out and wait for them to kill each other.2) Leave Karzai in charge but make a general announcement - next time someone based in the country tries to attack the US, the bombs will fly. The army will return, toss out whichever government happens to be in power and then withdraw leaving a state of anarchy. And if it happens again, then the US will do it again.I like (2). It plays to the US strength. You're good at attacking, not so much at holding so why bother?
If we leave Afghanistan then the Taliban will likely come back in full force.The United States can't be as safe as it can be while government sponsored clerics brew hatred.Apart of America's mission in these places is to show the inhabitants that there is a better way to live than fundamentalism and hatred.Lastly, Iraq seemed to have calmed down alot compared to before.
> The United States can't be as safe as it can be while government sponsored clerics brew hatred.Flawed reasoning. The government sponsored clerics in Iran and Saudi Arabia are still working in full force while providing money and facilities to any anti-US terrorist group that wants them. If anything, the Taliban are the least of America's worries. After all, even if they sweep back into Kabul, there are now enough American armed militias to make their life miserable this time.
Having American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan puts the USA in a better position vis a vis Iran because the USA has them surrounded at both sides.If the United States pulls out of Afghanistan without fixing it up, it will revert to being a terrorist haven.About the Afghan militias- It isn't a perfect strategy.Lastly, the way to deal with Saudi Arabia is energy independence.
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