When Will We Admit Afghanistan is Unwinnable

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Afghanistan has become little more than an after thought for many of us. It barely registers on a list of people’s concerns anymore, and I must admit, that most of the time, this includes me.

But I read a short piece just yesterday about 200 soldiers returning to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from Afghanistan. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. They have been serving in Afghanistan for nine months, providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar coverage to Afghan forces.

And lest you think this may be part of a draw-down of forces, think again. They are being replaced by the 1st Infantry Armored Division Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Bliss, Texas.

This again brought to the forefront, a question I’ve been asking for years – why? We are heading into our 18th year of this – to what end?

As a former member of the military, I know why we fight – I know why we volunteer. At least I know why I did. We do so out of sense of patriotism. It is an honor to serve. But as a civilian, many years removed from service, I can sit back and question the rationale of this never-ending conflict. read more

Can We Admit Afghanistan is Unwinnable

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The supposed war in Afghanistan, or whatever we are calling it these days, is unwinnable. We have a better chance of converting Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to Constitutional conservatism than prevailing in Afghanistan.

I believe this is the 16th year of this – whatever it is. I have friends in various branches of the military and frankly I don’t want to see another sent over there to die or be dismembered. How many more years will it take before someone in charge comes to their senses and admits to this folly?

It’s looking like several to an eternity, for president Trump, the man who in 2013 tweeted, “Let’s get out – our troops are being killed – we waste billions there,” is now considering adding up to 5,000 troops to the force of almost 8,500 already in Afghanistan.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the President’s goal is “reducing the threat, especially when it comes to ISIS and the Taliban.” That’s a lofty and perilously vague goal.

Now, I get why President George W. Bush went into Afghanistan. In October 2001, the stated goal was to stamp out Afghanistan’s Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime, which had aided and abetted al-Qaida and its leader, Osama bin Laden.

There was certainly good and actionable intelligence that bin Laden was there – so strikes went on for about a year and a half. It was then, in March of 2003, that Bush announced an escalation with the start of the war in Iraq. read more