“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Unfortunately, among large numbers of the people we are seen not as liberators any longer, but as occupiers. In my opinion, this is due largely to the corruption and excesses of the Afghan government, Afghan army and the police
We need friendly acquaintances, we don't need insignificant allies/buddies that we need to prop up, help with security, etc. Especially with Muslim countries, we shouldn't be in the business of nation building. Their culture is too foreign. Not that we can't understand it, its just that it is foreign to our way of doing things and unless you are willing to destroy that culture and rebuild it in our image, trying to graft on our way of doing things just hasn't been proven to work...
From an economic/commercial standpoint, A-stan is located in one of the world's many assholes. They have no resources to speak of. They don't have agriculture. They don't have industry. They don't have any skills or knowledge that is of value to anyone else in the world. And they are land locked, which means everything they want to ship out and everything coming in has to pass through the hands of others.
Opium??? .....since it has to be smuggled where ever it goes, you can't really consider it as a basis for a viable, growing national economy and middle class.
The cold, hard fact is, not everyone is suited for a democratically based system of government. It is not compatible with their eons old tribal traditions, their lack of education, etc. Sure, there are plenty of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc. who have some education and want to see their people progress beyond a tribal stage and become an actual nation state that operates under a rule of law that applies to everyone. But the reality is, they are opposed by just as many people who will fight to stay where they are (and keep/get the power they want) and the vast majority of the population who are sheep. Just like here.
Then that could have been done much earlier and Obama could have been honest about it. But in any case Bush's Iraq seems to have don better than Obama's Afghanistan."Afghanstan deserved more attention than Iraq. Bush dropped the ball going on the snipe hunt in Iraq, So, when Obama said in 2008 that the focus needed to be there, he was right, and I ageed. Obama was wrong later when he went with the surge and continued nation building. You may not understand this, but there are rarely only two options. The better focus would have been to simply keep viglent on those issues that concern us, like training camps and threats, leavng Afghanistan to the Afghan people.
I believe, as of this April, its waht $6.2/6.5 billion per month for ops in A-stan?? That's a lot of dough for a ****hole like A-stan...especially when your own country is in a financial mess
I'm sorry...there's reality, then there is fantasy. Trying to restructure a culture borders on the ridiculous.
The fact is once the US leaves, Karzai will cease to exist, and it will all go to a **** fest real quick.