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After 18 years of war in Afghanistan– America’s longest – US and Taliban negotiators are said to be close to an agreement that may see the withdrawal of many of the 14,000 US soldiers in that remote nation.

That’s the official version. President Donald Trump keeps changing his mind about the number of US troops to be withdrawn. The latest version from the White House has 5,000 US troops remaining in Afghanistan as a permanent garrison to guard the major air bases at Bagram and Kandahar and protect the US-installed puppet Afghan government in Kabul.

Without US troops to defend it, the Afghan regime of Ashraf Ghani would be swept away in days. Even Trump has admitted this. Keeping the Ghani regime safe in Kabul would at least provide a fig leaf to claim the US-backed government was still in charge.

The pro-war right in Washington is crying to high heaven at this prospect. Senators and congressmen who never heard a shot fired in anger are ready to fight to the last 18-year-old American soldier and keep the trillion-dollar war sputtering on.

To date, 2,426 American soldiers have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, with some 20,000 wounded, many of them permanently maimed. Thousands of US-paid mercenaries and foreign troops dragooned into this conflict have been killed or wounded. Heavy Afghan civilian casualties, mostly caused by air strikes, are covered up by US occupation authorities. Without 24/7 US air support, American forces would have long ago been driven from Afghanistan, as were their British and Soviet predecessors.

Proponents of the Afghan War insist that ‘terrorists’ will take over if US troops withdraw. By now, it’s unclear who the so-called ‘terrorists’ really are. Previously, the US branded Taliban as terrorists. But now that the US is negotiating with Taliban to end the war, Washington claims the threats are the Islamic State from Iraq and something called ‘the Khorasan Group,’ a figment of Washington’s imagination.

The US warns that if Taliban wins, it will turn Afghanistan into a base for international terrorism. This is absurd. Taliban today controls more than half the nation by day, and 80% by night. There is plenty of room left for anti-US groups.

Contrary to US claims, Taliban was never a terrorist group. I was in Afghanistan and Pakistan when Taliban was created. Civil war in Afghanistan after the Soviets pulled out led to wide scale banditry, rapine and anarchy. A preacher named Mullah Omar, a veteran of the anti-Soviet war, cobbled together a force of ethnic Pashtun (Pathan) fighters and students to attack the bandits, rapists, and opium-producing Communist forces causing mayhem. This rag-tag movement came to be known as ‘talibs,’ or religious students. Thus was born Taliban.

Mullah Omar and his Pashtun fighters went on to drive the Communists from Kabul and take most of the country. According to the UN, Taliban eliminated 90% of Afghanistan’s opium production and brought a rough justice to the nation.

ORDER IT NOW

But then came the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Caught sleeping on guard duty, the embarrassed Bush administration claimed Taliban was somehow behind 9/11 because it had given refuge to Afghan war hero Osama bin Laden. There was no hard evidence against bin Laden but he became the target of America’s wrath and desire for revenge.

Washington demanded Taliban turn over bin Laden. But the Afghan mountain warriors held to their tradition of defending guests and refused, claiming bin Laden would never have gotten a fair trial in the US. But they offered to send him for trial in another Muslim nation like Turkey or Egypt. The US spurned this offer and invaded Afghanistan, oblivious to its title ‘Graveyard of Empires.’

And so, under the banner of the faux War on Terrorism, the US bombed and rocketed Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest but proudest nations, for 18 years, using B-1 heavy bombers and fleets of killer drones against mountain tribesmen armed with old rifles and fierce courage.

America faces historic defeat in Afghanistan. By not winning, it loses. How this loss would affect the rest of America’s empire remains to be seen. But the sooner America ends this shameful colonial war the better.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. The Soviets were invited in by the government of the day, not unlike Syria inviting the Russians. The US labelled it an invasion.
    The civil war was started by the Carter administration arming Pashtun fighters, through CIA operative Col Tim Osman aka Osama bin Laden.
    The Bush administration weren’t caught sleeping on guard. Perhaps Bush himself was, but 9/11 could never have happened without, at minimum, complicity involving high levels of some government agencies.

    • Agree: Moi
  2. “Mullah Omar and his Pashtun fighters went on to drive the Communists from Kabul”

    LOL – no, Mullah Omar & co went on to drive the people who had driven the Communists from Kabul, from Kabul.
    They did hang Communist ex-President Najibullah in the victory celebration, though.

  3. Svevlad says:

    They can’t win the war because they don’t have the balls to do it correctly. “Graveyard of Empires” my ass. Tell that to the Greeks, the Mongols and the Persians

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @anon
    , @nokangaroos
  4. Smith says:

    Leave it to the Taliban, they are the one liberating Afghanistan.

    The russians are welcome to try again though, but I doubt they have the capacity.

    • Replies: @Moi
  5. Dan Hayes says:

    History Repeats Itself!

    The first British expedition to Afghanistan was wiped out. Their second expedition ruthlessly ran roughshod over the country, waging merciless war against the Afghan people. But the Brits eventually tired of Afghanistan and slunked away. It’s now time for America to do likewise!

    • Replies: @Moi
  6. “They can’t win the war because they don’t have the balls to do it correctly. ”
    Sure. The US has the means to liquidate Afghanistan. Simply kill everyone in Afghanistan (& in west/Nth-West Pakistan as well) in rolling airstrikes. Partisans survive by mingling in the civilian population — thus wipe out that civilian population. No problems. Then it’s a simple matter to wipe up those remaining Taliban.
    Leave the Afganies to bury the million or so corpses.

  7. @Svevlad

    Yeah, bomb those Muzzies back into the Stone Age! Oops, the Hegemon has already done that. And those idiots keep coming back for more. Then I guess we’ll just have to Nuke ‘Em. Once they’re all dead, then they’ll finally be liberated. Do I have that about right, Svevlad?

    • Replies: @Svevlad
  8. After 18 years of war in Afghanistan– America’s longest – US and Taliban negotiators are said to be close to an agreement that may see the withdrawal of many of the 14,000 US soldiers in that remote nation.

    We should stop calling it a war. US hardly fights there, and casualties have been few and far between in the last decade. It’s really an Occupation, and calling it such may hasten America’s departure. If it’s called a war, it can be sold as War on Terror. But if people come to see it as an Occupation, it’s just downright illegal.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @The Alarmist
  9. anon[114] • Disclaimer says:
    @Svevlad

    “Since beginning of the year, there have been at least 257 mass shootings, which have killed 9,080 people. “ in USA. counterpunch.com

    Al Quiada is still killing here in USA. The dust is settling and smoke of hope is rising from the psychological. blowback . Hope for those cheering the annihilation of Afghanistan from Bush jr to the red state church going evangelical buffoons and their secularized ultra-nationalistic versions .

  10. anon[114] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    It is an occupation. The damage is done . The war might end between the 2 nations or between the occupier and the occupied but the effects will last for decades to come . The effects will be felt across USA and entire S Asia .

    War itself was illegal given the fact those US identified only the 1 foreigners plotting from Afghanistan ,
    2 US never sought a peaceful solution
    3 It never offered any evidence of the complicity of the Al Quaiada .

    ( More evidences exist between Epstein and the big honchos that does between Bin Laden and 911 . None exist between Taliban and 911 )

  11. God Bless Pashtuns and ALL resisting terror by 5 headed beast+vassals!
    Humanity will remain FREE and Sovereign!

  12. @Priss Factor

    We should stop calling it a war.

    Did we ever for official purposes actually call it a war? It’s kind of like Harry Truman’s “Police Action,” being fought under the auspices of meeting UN taskings as a treaty obligation without therefore requiring a declaration of war from Congress.

    Then again, the AUMF, which authorizes the president “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons” might just be a modern-day lawyer’s for for a declaration of war. Who knows?

  13. As has already been pointed out, the Communist government in Kabul was long gone by the time of the Taliban. The Warshington-sponsored Mujahideen warlords (the same hyper corrupt cabal of child sex slavers as comprises the puppet Afghan regime today) captured Kabul in 1991, and immediately began a vicious internecine civil war that by 1994 had left the country in the hands of criminal gangs led by Mujahideen. It is these Mujahideen criminals that the Taliban were set up to fight; initially at Spin Boldak against a local warlord. The success of the first battle was so popular that the Taliban found themselves inundated with volunteers and demands to take over the whole country. Either Margolis doesn’t know anything about recent Afghan history or he is deliberately dumbing it down to appeal to the two brain cells that most of his readers apparently possess.

  14. What about the Greeks? They abandoned their garrisons and fled back to Macedonia. Seleucus Nicator, the Greek “ruler” of their Bactrian possession, attempted an invasion of India and was speedily defeated by Chandragupta Maurya. The Mongols qua Mongols never controlled Afghanistan; they were thoroughly Islamicised and Afghanised long before the Mongol Empire moved down from Afghanistan into the Indian plains.

    I have said this many times before: it’s a myth that the Afghans can’t be defeated. They can be very easily defeated by any organised force. What they can’t be is conquered, a fact of infinitely greater significance. No foreign occupier can maintain an occupation against people who never stop resisting, no matter what.

  15. Moi says:
    @Smith

    Taliban are the true patriots. Toady Ghani’s days are numbered.

  16. Moi says:
    @Dan Hayes

    No way, because Americans are a lot dumber than the Brits.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  17. Greg S. says:

    Margolis reminds us that the entire pretence of the Afghan war was to find Bin Laden. Bin Laden was found in 2011, living in a home in Pakistan, where he had been for many years! (He was then killed without questioning, his body dumped into the ocean without a photo being taken, and the entire Seal team that did the Bin Laden raid was in turn killed in an “accidental” helicopter crash in Afghanistan, or so the story goes). So why did we not start bombing Pakistan? Perhaps the entire premise of the Afghan War was bullshit from day 1?

    How easy the American people are lied to. How easily they accept all this. Where are the war protesters? Where is the dissent? Oh, I found some dissent! It’s all focused on removing the “bad man” Trump from office, the only president in our lifetime who has talked about ending such wars….

    • Replies: @george Archers
  18. @Svevlad

    Happens when you tackle Aryan mountainfolk who have lived war for generations, on their own turf, with morbidly obese voodoo mammas, trannies, juvenile delinquents, suicidal nerds drug from their mothers´basements and the otherwise unemployable. The only actual boots on the ground are deplorables and wetbacks – in essence, mercenaries. Baaad idea.

    The Afghan Army cannot be faulted either for only seeing the giant pogrom building over their heads – and they are scared shitless of the “chechnya”, another present courtesy of the US.

    Vile though the Israelis are, at least they have an idea what to do with the lands they depopulate
    (this is called “strategic objective”), the US are only in Afghanistan to deny China a land corridor to Iran (just like the Gulf must be held not to “secure” the oil for anyone but to DENY it to whomever). I am surprised the Chinese have not yet intervened (in a plausibly deniable way) as it would cost them next to nothing; maybe they don´t want to fuck with the Germans (not in the sense they are afraid though). How long the Germans are going to stay, at insane expense, against all their interests, while the US continues merrily encircling their Fatherland and fucking with their foreign policy, is anyone´s guess.

    So, we have us a textbook picture of an empire at breaking point – roughly where Little Britain was ~1908. Their Vietnam had been the Battle of Maiuba Hill that ended the First Boer War, the Navy had bankrupted the Mudderland and the colonies undermined the industrial base; by all measures Britain was already dead, just too dumb to fall down. It´s a bit sobering they still haven´t groked it.

    -In Afghanistan the sensible thing for the US is to get out NOW. For the friendly denizens independent Pashtun and Baluch states would probably make most sense.
    (it is well to remember “sensible” derives from an ancient Sanskrit root meaning “nevah happen”)

    An empire in overstretch CANNOT yield – only crumble. No involution, no navel gazing, no gathering strength … the first creaking is the start of the chain collapse.
    The only silver lining is Solshenitsyn´s observation that meaningful social change only comes from big-time LOST wars.

  19. Svevlad says:
    @follyofwar

    Well, that’s pretty much the only way to go sometimes. But is there will for it to be done, who gains and who loses… The elites keep blabbing on about le liberation, it’s all about economic colonization, and for that they need the people there. If it was outright conquest, however…

  20. PintOrTwo says:

    Without 24/7 US air support, American forces would have long ago been driven from Afghanistan, as were their British and Soviet predecessors.

    Perhaps. But this time seems different. The US, its favored regime in Kabul and the Taliban all appear to have a stake in “victory”. Specifically, oil and other commodities and goods flowing from Central Asia to South Asia.

    “Regional leaders launched construction work on the Afghan section of an $8 billion natural gas pipeline that will link the energy-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.
    […]
    The project is expected to transport 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas a year along an 1,800 kilometer (1,125 miles) route from Galkynysh, the world’s second-biggest gas field, to Fazilka near the border with Pakistan in northern India.
    […]
    (T)he pipeline would underpin development of road, rail and communications networks.
    […]
    Afghanistan… is expected to take 5 billion cubic meters of gas itself… In addition, Kabul will earn hundreds of millions of dollars in transit fees.” (Feb 2018)

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkmenistan-afghanistan-gas-pipeline/leaders-launch-start-of-afghan-section-of-tapi-gas-pipeline-idUSKCN1G70PU

    So, I guess, the US won the war.

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  21. @Greg S.

    ………. ( Trump the liar) ——who has talked about ending such wars….
    STOP! the baloney

  22. @PintOrTwo

    Ah yes – the Unocal pipeline and their enabler Hamid Karzai have been touted as rationale every now and again; this neglects the fact the Taliban government had been stable (which you would definitely like if you want a pipeline) and had already acquiesced to the project as well as to extraditing Osama on presentation of evidence, AND they had as good as eradicated opium cultivation BEFORE the invasion.

    I would not trust (((reuters))) as far as I can lift a piano with my pipi – which, truth be told, is not terribly far -, they are just pumping Unocal shareholder value.

    So, what other business are the US having there – King Tut´s lapislazuli mines? Gimme a break.
    Koh-e-Baba? The largest iron ore deposit in Asia but again of value only insofar as it can be denied to the Chinese.
    Once the ability to print $$$ (a global extortion racket really) is lost the US stance becomes
    untenable – and not only in Afghanistan.

  23. ‘the Khorasan Group,’ a figment of Washington’s imagination.

    About time someone called the robber barrons aka amerikans on it. The reason for afghanistan is to place nuclear missiles there. Who cares if afghanistan turns into a cynder.. They will fire at both china and russia..

    Most everything those lonies think we will belive are from their imagination. Not worth even reading what ever the US gov says about most anything. Because it will be a lie for certain.

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