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US General Thinks Russia Must Be Arming the Taliban

The Afghan War is going extremely poorly, 16 years in, and the US military needs someone to blame for its failures. The first choice among a lot of top military figures seems to be Russia, and while they offer no evidence to back up their claims, several have alleged that Russia might conceivably be arming the Taliban.

US commandeer Gen. John Nicholson appeared to be joining that camp today during comments in Kabul, complaining about the “malign influence” of Russia in the country, and insisting that he was “not refuting” allegations of Russia shipping weapons to the Taliban.

“Not refuting” is a very weak version of alleging, in this case, as US officials have offered no evidence that this is the case, nor any plausible reason why Russia would conceivably do this, as Russia fought materially the same insurgency during the 1970s and 1980s.

The only rationale for Russia backing the Taliban against the US seems to be that the US cheerfully backed the insurgency during the Russian occupation. Russia, however,, has long supported the US-led war in Afghanistan, hoping it would prevent the spread of Islamist forces into former Soviet republics in Central Asia, nations which Russia has defensive treaties with, and which could quickly suck Russia into a very unpopular regional war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here is that the war in Afghanistan was stupidly conceived, through a toxic combination of magical thinking, illogic, and a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, and horribly executed, by the US and NATO, which still occupy the country today.

Blaming Russia for the US and NATO's failures in Afghanistan sound both like desperation on the cusp of madness, and a ramping up of the demonisation of Russia ahead of a potential attack against it, without any tangible evidence that these accusations are true.

What US and NATO leadership should do, from the most rational perspective, is to cut their losses; have all foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as quickly as it is safe to do so; then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for pipeline rights, and access to Afghanistan's rich mineral deposits.

Of course, that....would be logical.

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