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Last week, as the mainstream media continued to obsess over the CIA’s evidence-free claim that the Russians hacked the presidential election, President Obama quietly sent 300 US Marines back into Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. This is the first time in three years that the US military has been sent into that conflict zone, and it represents a final failure of Obama’s Afghanistan policy. The outgoing president promised that by the end of his second term, the US military would only be present in small numbers and only on embassy duty. But more than 8,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan as he leaves office.

When President Obama was first elected he swore that he would end the US presence in Iraq (the “bad” war) and increase US presence in Afghanistan (the “good” war). He ended up increasing troops to both wars, while the situation in each country continued to deteriorate.

Why are the Marines needed in the Helmand Province? Because although the foolish and counterproductive 15-year US war in Afghanistan was long ago lost, Washington cannot face this fact. Last year the Taliban controlled 20 percent of the province. This year they control 85 percent of the province. So billions more must be spent and many more lives will be lost.

Will these 300 Marines somehow achieve what the 2011 peak of 100,000 US soldiers was not able to achieve? Will this last push “win” the war? Hardly! The more the president orders military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, the worse it gets. In 2016, for example, President Obama dropped 1,337 bombs on Afghanistan, a 40 percent increase from 2015. According to the United Nations, in 2016 there were 2,562 conflict-related civilian deaths and 5,835 injuries. And the Taliban continues to score victories over the Afghan puppet government.

The interventionists in Washington continue to run our foreign policy regardless of who is elected. They push for wars, they push for regime change, then they push for billions to reconstruct the bombed-out countries. When the “liberated” country ends up in worse shape, they claim it was because we just didn’t do enough of what ruined the country in the first place. It’s completely illogical, but the presidents who keep seeking the neocons’ advice don’t seem to notice. Obama – the “peace” candidate and president – has proven himself no different than his predecessors.

What will a President Trump do about the 15 year failed nation-building experiment in Afghanistan? He has criticized the long-standing US policy of “regime-change” and “nation-building” while on the campaign trail, and I would like to think he would just bring the troops home. However, I would not be surprised if he accelerates US military action in Afghanistan to “win the war” once and for all. He will not succeed if he does so, as the war is not winnable – no one even knows what “winning” looks like! We may well see even more US troops killing and being killed in Afghanistan a year from now if that is the case. That would be a terrible tragedy.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Renoman says:

    Even Genghis Khan could not hold Afghanistan and he killed everyone right down to the Dogs and Cats. This is just an excuse to prop up the military friends of the Democrats, a complete and utter waste of money and lives. The Usual CIA bullshit.

  2. President Obama dropped 1,337 bombs on Afghanistan, a 40 percent increase from 2015. According to the United Nations, in 2016 there were 2,562 conflict-related civilian deaths and 5,835 injuries. And the Taliban continues to score victories over the Afghan puppet government.

    While we thrash around inflicting more damage China is busy laying train tracks all over Afghanistan and on to Iran,etc: for TRADE. Remember that? It’s what we used to do before we lost our collective minds and let those rabid neo cons and Colonel Blimps steer the ship of state onto the rocks.

  3. when did the war in Afghanistan become obama’s war?

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  4. jtgw says:
    @Astuteobservor II

    When he became president and oversaw its execution. Now it will be Trump’s War.

  5. What will a President Trump do about the 15 year failed nation-building experiment in Afghanistan?

    Why not call him and ask him? If you find that Trump wants to end the war you might ask – how can I help.

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  6. From my blog:

    Jan 3, 2017 – Our Generals Failed in Afghanistan

    This great, short article explains why our military failed in Afghanistan, which it sums up in one sentence: “We stuck with a policy that rotated leaders through the country like tourists.”

    Our military has been propping up an American puppet dictator/president there since it invaded over 15 years ago, with no end in sight. The justification is that because of 9-11 our military must remain to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a training ground for terrorists like Osama Bin Laden. But as this blog has detailed, OBL had nothing to do with 9-11 and none of the alleged hijackers were Afghan nor had trained there. The FBI only claimed that OBL “inspired” the attack but never accused him of even conspiracy in the 9-11 attack. In addition, there are a dozen other failed states serving as breeding grounds for terrorists, yet our military doesn’t spend billions of dollars each year trying to rule them with bullets and bombs aimed by military tourists.

  7. What might end these slowly expanding wars would be a good old fashioned draft. The ‘professional’ army that the Pentagram created was not only because of technology but the General Jack Rippers realized post Vietnam that the draft and the honest reporting from real journalists subsequently shown on television eventually trumped their NFL fly-overs. and flag waving parades.

    Hence no draft and embedded ‘journalists’.

    Self interest (and preservation) is a basic human characteristic. When the snowflake prototypes realized that they might become grunts, all of a sudden they discovered Monsanto, KBR and McDonnell Douglas and went out to protest. The media would no longer cover them as shown by the surprising and impressive 11,000,000 worldwide anti-war protest before Iraq 2.0. so these days crickets.

    The only way I can deal with subnormal jingos is to bring the facts down to their simplest denominations. I invoke the 2007 bridge collapse in Minnesota (I-35W).

    I mention that subsequent investigations revealed that there were 77,000
    bridges throughout the USA which were in as bad or worse condition as the one that collapsed.

    I mention that the calculated cost of repairing them all was given at 900,000,000,000 ( 900 billion).

    Depending on who’s figures you invoke and how many ME adventures you include one easily comes up with an amount that could show that not only could all the bridges be rebuilt but the entire interstate system be widened and repaved and you would still have several trillion left over.

    Then you could have fun and ask if it is more important for said chap to be able to drive over a bridge anywhere with his family without fear of collapse or watch an Afghani wedding party sent skyward by a hellfire missile while he screams USA! USA! on his couch.

    Of course there are the jobs that would be created in each state and so on but he/she should get the point.

    If the response to this cool logical and polite breakdown is some form of ad hominem, then the creature is lost. If he/she is in the majority then the republic is lost.

    Simple litmus test.


  8. jtgw says:

    How exactly would Ron be able to help?

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