I got to wondering agout the belief that Afganistan has really never been conquered, and looked it up. It seems it has, more or less:
So, maybe it's time to take a page from the East India Company's playbook. Afganistan is dangerous and unprofitable....Yes.
Alexander the Great conquered and pacified the region; even after his death,it was sufficiently under the thumb to be mentioned in both the Partition of Babylon (323 BC) and Partition of Triparadisus 321 BC), documents drawn up by Alexander's generals dividing his empire between them.
The fact that the Indian client king Porus was leading an army to the support of Eumenes against Antingonus in 317 BC, during the wars of the Diadochi, is further indication that Afghanistan was still controlled by Hellenistic satraps, as Porus would have to cross the area to reach Eumenes.
In 1842, British forces defeated an Afghan army and occupied Kabul, destroying all its fortifications and the Central Bazaar (centre of economic activity in the country). However, deciding that Afghanistan was both too dangerous and,more importantly,unprofitable, The East India Company decided to withdraw the British presence from Afghanistan permanently (this is clear from surviving correspondence of the Company with its London offices).
unless, of course, that pipeline from the Caspian Sea mentioned above is the real goal.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy