Trump makes deal with Taliban to resume status quo from almost two decades ago.|
The news hasn't been as harsh on this as I'd have expected. Essentially the US invaded Afghanistan in order to oust the Taliban, who were complicit with the 9/11 attacks.
Fast forward almost two decades and the administration is painting this as a diplomatic triumph in order to save US military lives. They've poured trillions of dollars into the conflict and achieved nothing except bloodshed and misery.
When the invasion began, Al-Qaeda was a small terrorist group with backing from the Taliban (who, prior to this, were often seen as heroes for seeing-off the Russians). Currently Al-Qaeda splinter group Isis are a movement so large that Governments are proud to have stopped them from conquering entire countries. Isis are orders of magnitude bigger now than AQ was back then AND AQ are still active. There are legitimate drug war parallels here.
Bush invaded (legitimately IMO. They just shouldn't have set up shop there), Trump capitulated and somehow the Democrats will still be at fault.
They are literally compensating the Taliban for the inconvenience caused by the invasion.
The US could have withdrawn from Afghanistan at any time, paid the nascent Afghan government to train and arm an actual military to challenge the Warlord militias, and been hands-off for the past decade at least.
Edited by frightlever at 05:23:52 01-03-2020
US flees Afghanistan
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I can't believe the Dumbocraps have done this
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To be fair the US hasn't gone the distance on any major war since Korea.
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