I have a very different view than most of you. The initial incursion and subsequent operation in Afghanistan involving SF, Delta, and CIA paramilitary was a master stroke. President Bush did something that, IMO, no President outside of JFK would do. He allowed our uncoventional forces to actually control an Area of Operations and execute missions at their whim inside of it. The result was the total routing of the Taliban with fewer than 800 ground troops and minimal air support. This resulted in the forming of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. After that, the mistakes began, albeit not on a large scale. President Bush committed conventional troops into an area that didn't need them. Special Ops troops are trained to be sensitive to other cultures, speak their language, and compromise the speed at which they can operate in order to "involve" the local troops. Conventional troops are not. They are trained to accomplish a mission and move aside anything that holds them back from that. Involving conventional troops was the mistake. However, unlike President Obama, I believe President Bush understood that. We forget that there was a 2 year period between the invasion of Afghan to the invasion of Iraq. I believe President Bush understood the black hole that Afghanistan could become and didn't want to committ a massive amount of troops to it. President Obama does not know this. He wanted his "own" war. He thought, as is typical of him, that he knew better. That he could do what NO country has ever done. Control Afghanistan. Well, he's wrong. Afghanistan did not begin as "America's Dumbest War, Ever". It could have been one of the greatest. It could have been a perfect example of modern warfare and the execution of it. What it turned in to is a huge mine is bigger than yours/we want to leave on our terms/lets wait until the election is over/we don't want to leave with egg on our face war. To be clear, President Bush did increase troop levels there to 20,000 by the end of his presidency. However, President Obama upped it to the 60-70K range. A huge commitment. IMO, President Bush should have pulled our troops as soon as the Northern Alliance established itself. Leaving some special ops troops on the ground to advise them. And that's it.
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I see the SF/CIA/Millions in bribery money/precision munitions/B52 carpet bombing raids as the only quick strike the US was capable of and BushII was not a patient man.
The problem with the plan is so much hinged on bribed warlords staying bribed and in a land more noted for double crosses than loyalty to outsiders the real prizes in the secret squirrel operation just walked out the side door, right past the bribed warlords.
Staying but at such low troop levels while the bulk of deployable combat forces were bombarded with candies and flowers in Iraq was a fatal flaw in the Afghanistan Operations set a cancer loose as we tried our hand once more at-
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those tasks grew out of a sense of frustration because the leaders of al-Queera and the taliwhackers slipped away.
We shouldn't have tried to change Afghanistan.
Now a thought on the OP- highly suspect website with no substantiation, more rant/whine about the ROE, smeared with a good dose of lamestream media refusal to tell the truth... even Fox I guess....
Doesn't pass the smell test, will agree with one thing, we never were going to fix Afghanistan, we have over stayed-
But Afghanistan is to President Obama as Vietnam was to President Nixon
Vietnam was to President Johnson as Afghanistan is to President BushII.
People will remember who got us into the mess and who got us out... not much past that.
Serious Question: What year to do you believe there will be no more wars? 3012, 4012, 10,012? Will the human race eventually cease making weapons? Will we ever, ever trust all other countries or will history continue to read of wars?
Think if Trump get elected how much resistance he will face with in all phases of our country from people to military to politicians. He must not win.
The US has never fought a morally, legally or ethically just war since WW2 ended.
In fact the US has attacked 37 nations since WW2 that has resulted in approximately 23 million civilian death.
Dumb isn't the word for these war crimes and corporately fascist atrocities
The two most basic emotions in man are love and hate. We haven't quite gotten love down yet but we have sure as hell aced the hate part.
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