> Actually, I would like Trump to get us out of this
> war even more than Syria:
> From the article:
> “Monday marks the 18th anniversary of the U.S.
> military’s invasion of Afghanistan. The war’s
> early phase “Operation Enduring Freedom”
> kicked off what has been the longest war in United
> States history by nearly a decade.
> The anniversary is significant not only for
> marking the beginning of the war on terror, but as
> a reminder that the United States Armed Forces now
> has enlistees who were born after the September
> 11, 2001, attacks.
> The Post Register spoke to veterans of the
> Afghanistan War to learn their views of the war,
> its place in history and their experiences serving
> overseas. All of them said they felt the war had
> lost all purpose long ago. Many of them in
> separate interviews said the war that began with a
> clear mission to protect the country from another
> terrorist attack has been reduced to an aimless
> mission that costs lives and taxpayer dollars in a
> futile attempt to win the “hearts and minds”
> of people who no longer want them there.”
For me, the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War, have always felt like we were there for conflicted and changing reasons. Was it putative or was it strategic? It seems like after 18 years of having American military commitment in Afghanistan, the Taliban are just as entrenched with al Qaeda as they ever were. How important was the hearts and minds goal? How important was the breaking up the coalition between al Qaeda and the Taliban? Per this argument article on Foreign Policy, al Qaeda is ready to go [foreignpolicy.com]
So, my questions here are what have we done? And, what does victory look like?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09-Oct-19 14:08 by OCaptain.