"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Looking a bit into the crystal ball here, but still.
US and Afghanistan can't come to a Status of Forces agreement, so all the US troops are out by end of year 2014.
Taliban and the newly elected Afghan president continue talks, as the Taliban slowly take over the entire government.
Once the Taliban have done away with the Democratically elected government (say a year or two at most).
The Taliban will re-institute their Sharia law, so music and movies will be banned, girls won't be allowed to go to school, rape, stoning, etc. will be the commonly handed out punishment by their local courts.
The Taliban invite Al Qaeda back in, as they did years before.
Give it about 10 years, we'll be back to where we started.
Chances are high, in my mind anyway, that coalition forces will have to re-invade that country by about then.
Too bad Obama and Karzai couldn't manage to get that Status of Forces agreement. Might have put this entire thing on a different path. This will be a failure on both of them.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
Well I got a message for the Pakis......look back in their history. Seems someone a very very long time ago got ticked at them and obliterated a city. Leaving everything in the city and the surrounding region under glass. Whats got all of MS Science all confused is.....no one around we knew of had, such capabilities.
No, from what I've heard the pentagon has plans that'll pull out every last troop by the end of this year. I don't think that they'll even try again with a newly elected president. What are the chances that Karzai is going to be re-elected? We already know he and his administration are corrupt as hell, so any challenger has one heck of a hill to climb to be elected.
I'd be inclined to pull out every single piece of equipment out along with the troops. No sense leaving it for the Taliban to use against us later.
Well look who put on a big boy robe.