1. Afghanistan was a losing proposition from day one. The moment we chose to keep troops in place instead of just wipining out the Taliban we were screwed. Bush couldn’t “win”. Obama couldn’t win. Trump can’t win. No POTUS can possibly “win” there without putting 1 million troops on the ground and literally decimating the population. We would have to kill a huge percentage of the adult males, completely destroy their culture, purge Islam from the land and spend 3 generations building a new culture.
2. It doesn’t matter what Trump does. No matter how he extracts the US from Afghanistan it will be criticized from all sides. It is impossible to remove our troops and expect anything other than a Taliban resurgence. It won’t matter who the POTUS is when the last troops come out. It will have been a total waste of blood and treasure. If you want to blame anyone, blame Bush. Obama inherited the nightmare and passed it on to Trump. If Clinton had won we would be haranguing her, regardless of her actions.
March 20, 2014
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