But in fact that tactic stopped the war in Japan, the killing ended and the relationship with the Japanese has been positive ever since. In Germany's case they didn't finish the job in WWI so WWII began shortly after. Only when Germany was absolutely devastated did the fighting stop and they too have been peaceful ever since, and again with excellent relations.
Talk of 'red lines in the sand' and not following through is thoughtless prattle and something we could expect from an inexperienced liberal dealing with world tensions. A couple of warnings followed by a clear follow through to any country harboring terrorists,would discourage any nations sympathies for religious fanatics.
Obama is no leader and no serious people listen to him. The USA has to grab the attention of those who plot against them and their allies and then act in a serious manner. The terrorists and their supporters are certainly serious and we should be too.
Would it surprise you to know that in Afghanistan the Taliban remain deeply opposed by the majority of the Afghan people? A litany of polls over the past decade bear testament to this fact. For the past three years polls have shown that nearly 70% of Afghan's see the Taliban as the biggest threat facing the country, and until recently upwards of 70% supported the US presence in the country (a number seeing a resurgence as withdrawal nears), though large majorities criticized US and coalition performance.
We hear about the Taliban because at the end of the day its easy to blow up a school, it's easy to bomb a checkpoint, it's easy to ambush a politician or police officer, and it's easy to shell a village that collaborates with the government. But how often do you hear about the nearly 13,000 ANA and Afghan police who didn't defect, didn't turn on coalition forces, and instead died fighting on the streets of cities like Kabul and Kandahar, or out in the countryside of Kunduz.
I'll cite an old CBS article that has some fairly comprehensive polling information from early 2011: Afghanistan: abcnews.go.com/PollingUnit/afghanistan-abc-news-national-survey-poll-show-support/story?id=9511961 or the voluminous Asia Foundation report http://asiafoundation.org/resources/...11AGSurvey.pdf
So no the majority of people are not avid nor active supporters of the Taliban or the Islamist fighters who oppose the forces of stability and progress in Afghanistan.
Another terrorist bites the dust. No objections here!
TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT. (also, perhaps, General Mattis for President).
NREMT, Surgical Technologist, USAF 2011-1015, Firefighter.
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