Afghan war enters 12th year
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Nobody wants a repeat of the bloody ethnic fighting that followed the Soviet exit from Afghanistan in the 1990s – least of all 32-year-old Wahidullah who was crippled by a bullet that pierced his spine during the civil war.
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Afghan war enters 12th year
After the attacks of September 11, 2001 it was determined that Osama bin Laden was the responsible party and that he was operating out of Afghanistan, hence our foray into this land of antiquity as we sought revenge for the losses we suffered.
The might of the American military was doing its job, the Taliban was on the run and we were close to finding and killing/capturing Osama bin Laden.
Then, in one of the most ridiculous moves he could have possibly made, George W. Bush turned our attention to Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
It seems that Bush believed Hussein to be in possession of weapons of mass destruction that could threaten the USA, and there was the belief by Bush that Hussein was a part of the attacks of 9-11.
Bush could not have been more wrong.
So, to all those that STILL believe the Bush story, Iraq had some *yellow cake* uranium, a raw form of uranium, and they had no way of processing that *yellow cake* into a usable or dangerous form. Iraq also had some 155mm Howitzer shells that were loaded with Sarin. That Sarin was so old that it was nearly depleted, so depleted in fact that it could be poured directly on the skin with no ill effects.
All of this was proven during Congressional hearings conducted by a Conservative House and Senate, you know, back when we actually HAD a Conservative House and Senate.
So, today we are OUT of Iraq, several thousand American lives and BILLIONS of tax dollars later, but we are out.
As we go into our 12th year in Afghanistan I have to ask; doesn’t anyone remember that it was a war in Afghanistan that brought the Soviet Union down and broke what served as their financial system?
The USA gave covert support to the Mujahideen, enabling them to take the battle to the Soviets, killing many of their numbers and destroying massive amounts of Soviet battle equipment.
Once the Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan civil war did ensue, it was inevitable, and that civil war devastated Afghanistan, until the Mujahideen became the Taliban and Osama bin Laden emerged as its leader and brought about some degree of *peace* between the warring Afghan factions.
Once there was a *peace* of sorts in Afghanistan, WE became the target.
In reality, we were 100% correct in our initial actions in Afghanistan, but we should have stayed focused, done the job we went there to do, get bin Laden and destroy the Taliban in short order and then moved on, leaving them with this message: mess with us again and you become a sheet of very poor quality glass.
Yet here we are, going into the 12th year in a place that bankrupted the Soviet Union and a place that is rapidly doing the same to the USA. I am of the opinion that Russia is sending covert support to the al-Qaeda fighters in an effort to return the favor.
One thing that the media never points out and that most people never mention is this; bin Laden was a Saudi. The hijackers in the September 11 attacks were 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda, what the Taliban had become, and 15 of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Isn’t Saudi Arabia still one of our *trusted allies*?
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Arabs and Muslims are not our friends, Afghanistan is a black hole where American lives and U.S. tax dollars disappear and in MY opinion, the Saudis are STILL financing terror operations against the USA.
When WE leave Afghanistan a civil war will commence once again, no matter what we do or don’t do. Get us OUT of Afghanistan, save American lives and fortune.