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Afghanistan Is All Ready To Be Donald Trump’s First Foreign Policy Disaster

Little is known about Trump’s views on Afghanistan, although he has suggested that building schools there is a waste of money. In his most detailed comments, he declared in 2012 that the U.S. intervention is “a total and complete disaster.”

It likely will be months before the Trump White House can shift from such criticism toward a coherent strategy for Afghanistan.

The Afghan military and police have been unable to reverse the insurgents’ gains, despite the $68 billion spent by the U.S. trying to build up the country’s security forces. The Afghan army loses a third of its soldiers every year between battle casualties, desertions and those who decline to re-enlist. Officials reportedly pocket the pay of legions of non-existent “ghost soldiers.”

The Taliban “continue to expand their influence,” the Pentagon acknowledged this fall. U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, the senior commander in Afghanistan, told reporters in July that the overstretched Afghan army has basically conceded parts of the country to the Taliban.

The most recent data provided by the Pentagon to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction show that among the country’s 407 districts, the number controlled by the government slipped from 267 in May to 258 in August. The Taliban controls only eight districts and influences another 25, according to the Pentagon data. But a new independent analysis found worse news: The Taliban actually controls or influences 97 districts, up from 70 a year ago.

It is from these districts that insurgents have been able to launch serious an

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the way this headline is structured; but what about the possibility that Afghanistan could be a foreign policy win for Trump, after 15 years of doing what hasn't worked?

Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the most classic definitions of insanity.

And there is a damned good reason why Afghanistan is frequently characterised as "the graveyard of empires"; ask British and Russian military historians about that, and they will have a tale to tell you.

Ultimately, Afghanistan was attacked and occupied in order to build pipelines; control the oil fields, and the mineral wealth of the country. As reported at viewzone.com:

Immediately after 9/11 president Bush declared war to Afghanistan. This article shows the role of Afghanistan in pipeline projects which determine US' control over oil and gas in Afghanistan's neighbouring countries. Bush said the attacks of 9/11 were the reason to invade Afghanistan. [1] This article shows that preparations for this war took place well before. In 2000 the neoconservatives said they needed some catastrophic and catalysing event. They said so at the time of the developments of unmanned aerial vehicles striking with pinpoint accuracy. Karzai: After the US conquest of Afghanistan (or at least of its capital), UNOCAL's advisor Hamid Karzai would be appointed Chairman of the interim administration of Afghanistan. On June 16, 2002, still before there was an elected president, Karzai would sign an official agreement with Turkmenistan and Pakistan for a gas pipeline through Afghanistan. [70] But even if the gas pipeline would come too late to transport Turkmen gas to Pakistan, Afghanistan remains an interesting booty. It has its own gigantic gas field south of the Turkmen field, near Mazar e Sharif. It has also several oil fields and coal. Furthermore, in the 1970s British geologists had already found 1600 places with minerals.

Simply put, for all the blood and money spent, the motivations for this war were strictly economic in nature.

Had a draft existed, you would have seen huge demonstrations against this war, which may have ultimately stopped it long before now. But because it did not, the US government turned to private merc firms, which have proved both very costly to the US taxpayer, but ultimately useless against the Taliban.

This had absolutely nothing to do with ultimately "protecting the American way of life."; Afghanistan posed absolutely zero threat to the US (although they were initially blamed for 9/11).

But it has, however, created generations of Afghanis who will hate this country, and NATO, for a long time because of the carnage which has been left in the wake of the invasion and occupation of their country.

Were President-Elect Trump and his cabinet going to be smart on this, they would evacuate our military as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights, the oil field rights; and the mineral rights.

That over the last 15 years, American military forces have been made to die and get maimed for life, ultimately for private profit, is one of the most horrifically immoral a thing that a government could do, but.... hey, the Bush and Obama regimes were perfectly comfortable with this!!

I am hoping that Trump will see this for what it is, and do the right thing; the US government was NEVER on the moral and right side of history with this war, and it is high time to acknowledge this in a reasonable, and practical way.

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