A ground war in South Asia is unwinnable. The best you can do is win an specific objective and get out.
The British and the Russians, as well as the United States, could not win in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as we also could not win in the jungles of Vietnam.
Yes, we needed a response to the 9/11 terror attacks. Instead of a full-on war, it should have been a targeted police action to strike at the Al Qaeda base, take out Osama bin Laden (which Bush never did, allowing him to escape through Tora Bora into Pakistan) and then engage in heavy retaliatory strikes against the Taliban government, a seizure of all wealth and assets for a full victims’ compensation fund, and retaliation and financial penalties and seizures against the Saudis, who provided 15 of the 19 hijackers, and even more of the masterminds and all of the funding.
But oh yeah, the oil, because the Bush/Saud royal family connections were based on oil (as also was the wealth of Dick Cheney [Halliburton]) as the shared foundations of their wealth and they didn’t want to transition to the renewable energy sources that held no profit$ (for them)…
May 31, 2017