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Old 08-12-2021, 08:42 PM   #24631 (permalink)
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Lol Fox News is going to have fun with this.

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Old 08-12-2021, 10:17 PM   #24632 (permalink)
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Old 08-13-2021, 11:27 AM   #24634 (permalink)
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Shut up ABC we're leaving. Supposedly.
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Old 08-13-2021, 11:58 AM   #24635 (permalink)
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If we are gonna pull out we need to commit to pulling out and stay the course. Just accept the Taliban controls Afghanistan again. That's gonna happen. Don't pull out and then when they take back over be like oh we gotta go back now. That just makes us look silly. Like we didn't already know they're gonna take back over?
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Old 08-13-2021, 12:01 PM   #24636 (permalink)
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We originally only went there to get Bin Laden anyway. It's tragic but there really isn't anything anyone can do for Afghanistan. They know the terrain and we don't; it's that simple.
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Also we just never really cared about building a functional country.
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Another Vietnam.
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Old 08-14-2021, 07:03 AM   #24640 (permalink)
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I agree with the last few posts. I'm disappointed that the Afghan government couldn't do better at standing alone, but it shows the extent to which US/Brit intervention was trying to push water uphill the whole time: an effort likely to fail.

Moderate Afghans had a chance at self-government after the Russians left, but blew it because of corruption and in-house conflicts. Now they are blowing it again by being militarily unready.

What bewilders me is how strong and/or popular the Taliban have remained, given their cruel repressive fundamentalism.



This pre- and post- Taliban shot of the Bamiyan Buddahs sends a message: "Support the Taliban and we will reduce your life to rubble too"
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