It is a shame that so many Americans have given their lives in Afghanistan. But it is now an even bigger shame that their sacrifice now seems to have been in vain. As we are looking for the door out, the people we went to destroy are still there. Worse, they are gaining in strength and boldness.
As I have reported, Taliban operations and attacks have risen along with the decline of American troops in the country. As I reported then, I have no desire to see Americans serving in Afghanistan. I wish we were not embroiled in any foreign conflicts, but we are in this one.
On Friday, the Pentagon released a report to Congress claiming Taliban attacks were on the rise in the past six months, continuing a downward trend from last year when a record number of Afghan civilians were killed. The Afghan security forces also suffered an increase in casualties.
There are nearly 10,000 U.S. troops currently serving in Afghanistan. Today, the Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 9/11.
This follows two years after Obama proclaimed the U.S. mission completed.
The Guardian reports:
When Barack Obama took over the administration of the Afghanistan war – the “good” war, compared to the folly of Iraq – staying the course was never supposed to be the policy. In his first presidential campaign, Obama vowed to put more troops on the ground to beef up the fight and thereby end the conflict entirely. Once in office, Obama initially ordered the troop count to increase to around100,000. Then, despite a flurry of leaks about military brass wanting to keep a larger presence there, Obama brought the “surge” of soldiers home by the autumn of 2012. As the Afghanistan surge wound down, Obama made clear his objective was to end the war: “By the end of next year,” Obama said in early 2013, “America’s war in Afghanistan will be over.” Obama followed through by declaringan end to “combat operations” at the end of 2014.
It seems the only option that American is left with is the complete evacuation of the country. A handing over or back over of the country to the Muslim extremists who were in control when we arrived is all that is left. And much like the evacuation in Saigon, we will abandon those people foolish enough to have believed we would not do it to them.
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