Leave Afghanistan to the warlords

2 thoughts on “Leave Afghanistan to the warlords”

  1. But we can’t just leave either, otherwise we’re like a little puppy just pooping all over the place and never cleaning up our messes. Whether we should be nation building or not, we need an exit scenario that doesn’t leave the US looking like it left a country in worse condition than it was when we came in. If they fall apart after we’re gone, fine, but we can’t walk away with it like this. It needs to be at least partially stable (so that it can hold together long enough for us to be able to claim that it wasn’t our fault when it falls apart again and they start a civil war).

    Is that even possible? I don’t know, which is probably why you should never go to war in another country without already figuring out how you plan on leaving it when you’re done. Thanks GWB, for planning so far ahead.
    Afghanistan was a mess before we got there, and no matter what we do, it will be a mess when we leave. We helped the Afghans conduct a nationwide democratic election in 2004 and they elected Karzai who, despite the presence of our troops, did virtually nothing to unite, rebuild, modernize, or secure his country. He was re-elected this year in an election so corrupt it was almost thrown out. His brother has close ties to the lucrative Afghan opium trade. Nice place, huh? We’ve already sacrificed too many American lives trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. It’s way past time to get out.

... and that's my two cents