Yes - should have tried that before bombing them
I am beginning to think so myself. We were justified in going. We were justified in tracking down the al-Qaeda bastards and exterminating them for the vermin they are. Taliban deserved what they got as well. The question is whether we have any hope at all of leaving a stable Afganistan behind, even if we intensified our efforts. Karzai is certainly not the answer. These are a tribal people who have been beating off foriegn occupiers for centuries. I don't know as any amount of effort is ever going to transform this country to a viable Democracy. The values these people have are not in line with the Western world. Maybe it is time to pull the plug.
Maybe be getting the **** out of their country
It was always ridiculous.
The taliban got what they deserved no question about it. I think it is up to the other arab nations to help them. They dispise the west regardless of what we try to do. The culture is just too different.
Our competitors in the region certainly don't think it's too late. If we leave the area to the taliban, radical Iranians, and other radical factions, we will probably be worse off in a generation.
Also, it deserves note that if we want to make the jump from Oil to electric, we need to understand that a lot of the minerals needed to make those components on a mass scale are found in Afghanistan in quantities not found elsewhere. If we were interested in Iraq for oil, we should be interested in a politically stable Afghanistan for our future energy needs.
Just leave them alone and let them carry on growing some of best the hash on the market !! Nothing to do with terrorism, just the good old UN trying to stop the UNTAXABLE opium trade !!!
I dunno. I have a few mates in the army and they often say that the locals often tell them if the Taleban are in the area and how many they are, where they're setting up ambushes etc. The problem in Afghanistan isn't so much the Taleban; it's the ISI that supports, trains and equips them. Without the ISI the Taleban would be annhilated in a year like they were in the first year of the war.
If we want to win in Afghanistan all we have to do is assasinate a couple of dozen high ranking Pakistani intelligence officers, preferably in their beds, and we have to realise that we're fighting a proxy war with Pakistan and act accordingly. Take out the root (ISI) and the weed (Taleban) will die.
I think if we just take a moment to consider the history of that nation, USSR involvement, etc...I'd say they don't have much hope in anyone at this point. Perhaps when the US leaves they can stand on their own again....crossing my fingers.
Like the Vietnamese before them, aren't we obligated to offer those people who allied with us safe haven?
I'm sure our embassy will be processing many people for asylum to the US
some of that will surely happen if not already.