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mac



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:33 pm    Post subject: Afghanistan Reply with quote

After 20 years, is it time to leave by September? Traditional Republicans are split--McConnell attacked Biden, but was pretty much silent on an even more precipitous effort by Trump. Colin Powell said this:

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Retired Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the decision to leave was overdue.

“I wouldn’t say enough is enough,” said Powell, who was in charge of George W. Bush’s State Department during the 9/11 attacks and the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. “I’d say we’ve done all we can do. . . . What are those troops being told they’re there for? It’s time to bring it to an end.”

The Soviet Union, which occupied Afghanistan for a decade until it abruptly withdrew in 1989, “did it the same way,” Powell said. “They got tired, and they marched out and back home. How long did anybody remember that?”


My own opinion is that there are no winning scenarios, and bigger fish to fry on the international stage. China is practicing genocide in multiple places, and is a far greater military threat. The ongoing corruption of the Afghanistan government has undermined our best efforts. Probably well past time to leave.
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MalibuGuru



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Afghanistan Reply with quote

mac wrote:
After 20 years, is it time to leave by September? Traditional Republicans are split--McConnell attacked Biden, but was pretty much silent on an even more precipitous effort by Trump. Colin Powell said this:

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Retired Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the decision to leave was overdue.

“I wouldn’t say enough is enough,” said Powell, who was in charge of George W. Bush’s State Department during the 9/11 attacks and the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. “I’d say we’ve done all we can do. . . . What are those troops being told they’re there for? It’s time to bring it to an end.”

The Soviet Union, which occupied Afghanistan for a decade until it abruptly withdrew in 1989, “did it the same way,” Powell said. “They got tired, and they marched out and back home. How long did anybody remember that?”


My own opinion is that there are no winning scenarios, and bigger fish to fry on the international stage. China is practicing genocide in multiple places, and is a far greater military threat. The ongoing corruption of the Afghanistan government has undermined our best efforts. Probably well past time to leave.


You should have voted for Trump
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boggsman1



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think, as the Russians learned , is there is nothing to "win" in Afganistan, and certainly a lot to lose.
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