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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I think if keeping 10,000 troops in Afghanistan to train and help equip the Afghan military to defend themselves and stand on their own two feet so we can leave at sometime in the future it is worth. A train the trainers type program. But it shouldn't take ten years to make this happen, to accomplish that mission. This leaves me with a sneaking suspicion that we, the good old USA want our troops there for another reason. Perhaps a geopolitical reason, a home base of sorts. But when it comes to politicians, they always have sneaky agendas and the state purpose of something usually isn't.
    : I find it ironic that we can take young men and women from any locale in this country, send them to a "boot camp" - consider them sufficiently trained in months to be sent to hot spots overseas , but Afghanistan is going to take years? Really? Yeah, that's believable - not!

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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    BBC News - US to keep 9,800 Afghanistan troops after 2014


    If I was an American I would be furious with this. It's going to keep coming out of the tax payers pocket and the servicemen/women over there will remain targets for the foreseeable future.
    Whoa! Obama said that we would be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year. Obama has never lied to us about anything... from defending net neutrality to Benghazi, Obama always tells the truth. #sarcasm
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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

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    Whoa! Obama said that we would be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year. Obama has never lied to us about anything... from defending net neutrality to Benghazi, Obama always tells the truth. #sarcasm
    What has Obama actually done since taking office? Like seriously what has been acheived?
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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    What has Obama actually done since taking office? Like seriously what has been acheived?
    You know I was being sarcastic about that right?

    On what has been achieved, that really depends on how you look at it. From the perspective of the average American, little to nothing has been achieved as the economy is still wretched with the unemployment rate only dropping because people quit looking for work, the government is corrupt, inept, and can get little done, and the police have become more and more militarized, and our foreign policy has only became more violent, so from that perspective, nothing has really happened. However, if you look at it from the perspective of those in power and know that their main goal is to maintain and expand their power, then everything is going rather swimmingly.
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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    You know I was being sarcastic about that right?

    On what has been achieved, that really depends on how you look at it. From the perspective of the average American, little to nothing has been achieved as the economy is still wretched with the unemployment rate only dropping because people quit looking for work, the government is corrupt, inept, and can get little done, and the police have become more and more militarized, and our foreign policy has only became more violent, so from that perspective, nothing has really happened. However, if you look at it from the perspective of those in power and know that their main goal is to maintain and expand their power, then everything is going rather swimmingly.
    Yeh I was aware lol.

    Just genuinely interested in what had been done during his time in office as from the outside it looks as if most of the policy from the Bush years is still in place. Still in Afghan for the foreseeable future, increase in the use of drones, Gitmo is still open and the NSA have taken on a life of their own.

    For a leader that preached hope and change its really doesnt seem to fit, shame because I was actually excited to see what would happen when he took office.
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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Yeh I was aware lol.

    Just genuinely interested in what had been done during his time in office as from the outside it looks as if most of the policy from the Bush years is still in place. Still in Afghan for the foreseeable future, increase in the use of drones, Gitmo is still open and the NSA have taken on a life of their own.

    For a leader that preached hope and change its really doesnt seem to fit, shame because I was actually excited to see what would happen when he took office.

    Well Obama was never about hope and change from day one. Look at how he talked about re-negotiating NAFTA and then contacted the Canadians when they got worried, telling them that it was just campaign rhetoric. (Canadian NAFTA Remarks Rile Obama Campaign - CBS News) I generally ignore what politicians say and look at what they do. As the saying goes "Talk is cheap."
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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    the way to look at these things is like a still life painting. as it exists today, not clinging to past costs. as atrocious as they were. Would It make sense to put in 9800 US today?

    Is the future of Afghanistan worth risking those lives, and the costs - what do we want out of this that would make it so? And how about Pakistan? This means the drones start up again.

    ( been a lull since the first of the year a Paki tried to negotiate with their TeT Taliban , before deciding to go on an offensive in the Federally Administer Tribal Areas -or Waziristan)

    Are we helping to stabilize the region, or feeding into their civil war? would it be better to let them solve this themselves?

    This IS a counter insurgency, and it would be much better if they could negotiate with their Taliban;

    Taliban aren't our enemy -just al' Qaeda, and most of al' Qaeda core (Pakistan) have been decentralized. (AQAP/affiliates, etc)

    I don't think we can write their history for them, all we can do is temporarily tip the scales. They need to come to a political solution, not an imposed military one

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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Governments obtain their legitimacy through the consent of the governed. If you are not of the governed, you have no proper say. End of story.

    But we could engage in our own propaganda if we were really interested in breaking the cycle. Building roads and schools and hospitals would go a much further way to producing a more Western sympathetic Middle East than blowing up friends and family could ever do.
    we can only build up much infrastructure in Afghanistan..think we've done all we can -yes. spent untold billions

    there has to be a negotiated power sharing with the Taliban, they are too large and powerful to exclude a role in Afgh,

    Problem is they don't WANT to negotiate with ANA they want sole power like before we came in. Up to them to work it out. we can't do it for them

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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    : I find it ironic that we can take young men and women from any locale in this country, send them to a "boot camp" - consider them sufficiently trained in months to be sent to hot spots overseas , but Afghanistan is going to take years? Really? Yeah, that's believable - not!

    Greetings, Pero.
    Howdy Pol, after Vietnam I spent three years being a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Leonard Wood, basic training. What I taught was just the basics. Sort of an introductory course so to speak to the military. From there the soldiers would go on to their AIT, where they would learn a heck of a lot more. Just a guess but I would say this took a good six months. Then the soldier reports to his unit where he undergoes a lot more training, both individual and unit wise. Our troops keep on learning, going to class, training and gain experience. There are always field exercises where a soldier can put what he learned to use. He picks up valuable experience and in such places such as Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan one learns even more.

    In other words the people doing the training has many, many years of classes, actual experience and training to get where they are. To be able to train a soldier from another country. We have had a couple of centuries to develop NCO's and Officers who can lead men and put to good use what they have been taught. Afghanistan hasn't had any of this until perhaps the last ten years. They lack the experienced cadre, support staff, etc. Remember we started learning way before the revolution, back to at least the French and Indian Wars. One needs to put all this stuff into perspective. It's not like we can just send an Afghan to basic and say, viola, there you are. It takes far much more.

    We have experienced people in our military the new recruits can rely on and they take these new recruits out of basic and AIT and mold them into a valuable fighting man. That molding continues on throughout the soldiers career. There is a lot more to it, tons of more stuff, but perhaps this may give you an idea. Just running someone through 6 weeks, 8 weeks of training doesn't mean he has become a complete soldier. It means he has just started along on that journey. Its like teaching a baby to crawl, so the baby can crawl now, the next step is to teach him to walk so eventually he can run and hopefully win the race.
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    Re: US to keep nearly 10k troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    But whats the alternative? Bring them all home? What happens when AQ moves back in? Im not really furious about troops being there, but rather with troops being there with no apparent purpose, and forgotten by the country they serve.
    whack a mole. hit them (AQ) if they do get operational abilities again, otherwise who cares about Afghanistan?

    (called "counter-terrorism, not counter insurgency) details What is the difference between counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism?

    The difference between counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency is simple: counter-terrorism focuses more narrowly on combating the tactics and strategy of terrorism and those who employ it, while counter-insurgency is a broader category of responses to political violence carried out by minority groups, both terroristic and otherwise
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