Nice idea. But drawing that line is the place where it fails.
So is Afghanistan trying to copy the USA or vice versa?
Make Afghanistan Great Again…MAGA
It’ll never happen while their choice of religion is so revenge orientated.
Shrub should have learned the lesson from the Brits and the Russians – Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires!! Even Alexander the Great learned that – the hard way!!
It would have been nice for everyone to enter the 21st century and give up the superstitions of old.
15th Century? More like 8th Century.
Well, the United States are divided into blue states, where people live in the 21st century, and red states where people (or at least their local governments) live in the 1850s.
It’s the ‘’Labrea Tarpits conundrum’’…you got in, now how to get out?
Are we sure that’s not Kentucky?…
We got ourselves into that quagmire and have spent billions of dollars that could have done a lot more for our country. We can redirect the money into the USA where it can rebuild for us. We weren’t very smart by not learning from others mistakes.
Our original goal was to get bin Laden. Even though he was killed in Pakistan we should have left the region in May 2011.
America has not managed to meld the South over the last 160 odd years so why would they expect to do it in a foreign land in only 20.
You botched the map of the US, Signe. :-0
The side with the guns and determination wins.
We aren’t already out of Afghanistan?
The regressive republican Taliban is eyeing that 15th century thing for the USA.
Almost 20 years ago I wrote Pres. Bush, saying the U.S. should go into Afghanistan, make a big display of force, and then quickly leave saying we’d be back and it’d be much worse if they allowed more terrorists – hoping that would work. I reminded him that Alexander, the Brits and the Russians had all failed when they tried to occupy & change the society.
Maybe the former guy could build a wall there?
It’s really 21st vs. 21st. Sad but true.
Surrender the Afghan people to the Taliban . . . what a great idea
I understand why we have to leave, but it’s going to be sad to watch the Taliban take complete control again. It’s going to be very bloody.
Then come two names who romped through this region with no indication that they were either unduly troubled in conquering it or in holding on – Timur and Genghis Khan. Both empires eventually died, but no sane person attributes their fall to their conquest of the Afghan region. In fact Timur’s reign was so well embedded that the only reason Babur was virtually given the throne of Kabul was because he was a Timurid and the people wanted a Timurid to reign.
TL;DR: Despite having some independent powers, the region that is Afghanistan today, has been part of many, many foreign empires. Leaving aside the “disputed” case of the Soviet Union, here is a (partial) list of non-Afghan empires that ruled all or part of Afghanistan and did not “die” because of it: The British Empire, The Mughal Empire, The Safavid Empire, The Khwarizm Empire, The Delhi Sultanate, The Timurid Empire, The Mongol Empire, The Arab Empire, The Mauryan Empire, The Bactrian/Seleucid Empire and the Kushan Empire.
Our Politicians allowed themselves to forget that Afghanistan’s nickname is “Death of Empires”.