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Sen. Rand Paul: Bring home our troops and, yes, throw a parade

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 8, 2018

Afghanistan-The graveyard of empires.

Then again there are good reasons for hanging around. Oil, pipelines, keeping the pentagram suppliers busy, keeping Saudi Arabia happy, keeping Israel happy (how many Israeli/SA troops in Afghanistan-hard to tell– probably none).

Sen. Rand Paul

If victory requires the disparate tribes and regional factions of Afghanistan to have more allegiance to a regime in Kabul than to their local tribal leaders, then victory will never come.

We spend about $50 billion a year in Afghanistan. When quizzed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently, undersecretaries of Defense and State could not answer the most rudimentary of questions concerning the war.

How many Taliban fighters do we face? Blank faces for an answer. What percentage of the Taliban are unrepentant terrorists unwilling to negotiate? Blank faces again.

The Taliban now control a significant amount of Afghanistan’s real estate. Are the Taliban open to negotiating, considering that they appear to be winning?  Blank faces again, but with perhaps a touch of remorse, knowing that there really is no possible military solution in Afghanistan.

The neocons are unaccustomed to nuance in victory. They seem to have learned some lesson about unconditional and total surrender when America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II with the surrender of Japan, and they seem unwilling or unable to accept any other form of victory.

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