sure, and the Japanese Army didn't attack us at Pearl Harbor, either.
Anyone who thinks that Al-Qaeda and the Taliban were divisible entities at that point doesn't understand Pashtunwali, or the recent history of those two groups.
“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
What mistakes do you want to hear about on A-stan?
As a practical matter, though we don't want to be, and shouldn't be in the business of "nation building", fighting terrorism and destroying national governments in the process requires it or face the probability that it will be worse afterwards. Bomb and kick the **** out of them then leave them to recover and sort themselves out?
We need friendly countries, we don't need pissant "allies" 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.
To Reverend and ric: I totally understand that you couldn't take my second hand storytelling over what others may tell you or what you believe. When I related my stories to the subject of posing with dead Afghans, I was simply saying that in comparison that isn't much.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
AGREEMENT ON PROVISIONAL ARRANGEMENTS IN AFGHANISTAN
For the participants in the UN Talks on Afghanistan:
Ms. Amena Afzali
Mr. S. Hussain Anwari
Mr. Hedayat Amin Arsala
Mr. Sayed Hamed Gailani
Mr. Rahmatullah Mousa Ghazi
Eng. Abdul Hakim
Mr. Houmayoun Jareer
Mr. Abbas Karimi
Mr. Mustafa Kazimi
Dr. Azizullah Ludin
Mr. Ahmad Wali Massoud
Mr. Hafizullah Asif Mohseni
Prof. Mohammad Ishaq Nadiri
Mr. Mohammad Natiqi
Mr. Aref Noorzay
Mr. Yunus Qanooni
Dr. Zalmai Rassoul
Mr. H. Mirwais Sadeq
Dr. Mohammad Jalil Shams
Prof. Abdul Sattar Sirat
Mr. Humayun Tandar
Mrs. Sima Wali
General Abdul Rahim Wardak
Mr. Azizullah Wasefi
Mr. Pacha Khan Zadran
Witnessed for the United Nations by:
Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan