As they review U. S. policy in Afghanistan for the second time this year, U. S. leaders face one nagging suspicion -- it may not be possible to crush al-Qaeda, defeat the Taliban and stabilize Afghanistan at a reasonable cost in blood, treasure or time.
Eight years after Washington went to war in Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, officials and the public are struggling to agree on why their troops are still there, what they should be doing or even who they should be fighting.
Why are we in Afghanistan?
1. To build the pipelines to control Eurasian oil. The war is being fought so that corporations can make more money.
2. To protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely. And please remember; when the Taliban were in control, opium poppy production all but disappeared.
After having negotiated with the Taliban up to as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration thought that a war would be "cheaper" than the price the Taliban was demanding for the pipeline routes.
So, what now?!?!?
Our options are very limited here. What we should do is declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul about the pipelines.
Of course, that would be logical.