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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-02-09 09:31 AM
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136. Neither is leaving at this point...
withdrawal will be viewed by these same unstabilizing-parties as victory.

This is a victory we cannot allow them to have if we want them to remain beaten and scattered to the wind. A lesson learned from action films...when your enemy's hanging on for dear life, you stomp on his fingers and make sure that bad-guy falls to the alligators in the river 1000's of feet below; sure, you can try to save him or walk away but then he ambushes you and flings you over the edge. If we leave, the Taliban will return to power, our allies will be slaughtered in the streets as infidels and regardless of what the pre-9/11 relationship was between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda was, we've certainly pushed them together as strange bedfellows. A recoup of power by either will institutionalize both within that region. Staying radicalizes yet more individuals. Obama inherited a clusterfuck.

While I have great respect for your POV, it's too late for it. It's the answer to "Should we go to Afghanistan in the first-place and what will be the outcomes?", a question nobody asked. At this point, it's simply too late...the die is cast, we've crossed the Rubicon. It's our mess to end properly. The "peace and withdrawal" solution isn't on the table, nor should it be because it's completely unworkable. We make the best of bad situations and choose the least shitty solutions because that is all that has been left to us, what we cannot fail to do is make sure we lay all blame at the feet of those responsible in the first place.
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