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Damning New Report Shows U.S. Strategy Blocking Chance for Peace in Afghanistan

Separating the Taliban from al-Qaeda: The Core of Success in Afghanistan is the latest in a continuous string of statements from Afghanistan experts that the U.S. war policies that were launched a year ago aren’t making us safer and aren’t worth the substantial costs: $1 million per U.S. troop in Afghanistan per year, for a total of more than $375.5 billion wasted so far. The report is written by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, Kandahar-based researchers who’ve spent more than four years researching the Taliban and the recent history of southern Afghanistan.

George W. Bush’s Leftovers: Mistaking Taliban for Al Qaeda

The main target of criticism in the report is the major conceit passed from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration on Afghanistan: the conflation of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The authors warn that,

“The claim that the link between

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  • Pull out, then when the Taliban take power, drop a neutron bomb on the C@nt's while they're fuking goat's in their palace.

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  • Hopefully soon their army will take the lead and kill the extremist pricks that run on fear and religion.

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  • leading afghan scholars and journalists...enough said. Pure propaganda.

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    • They all share the same ideology. Just because Al-Q was more daring doesn't mean that many Islamist organizations thoughts about the role of jihad in implementing Islamic government don't coincide with their own. From Chechneya to Sudan, places the US hasn't even stepped foot in we see the ideology.

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  • It's war made to order. The taliban were shitheads but they mostly left the villages alone. This is Vietnam redux. The common people there want every outsider to go away. Handing out candy and building roads will achieve nothing.
    As for heroin production it will simply move elsewhere, like Asia. Too much money involved.

    The US government acts like fools but really aren't. It is very well aware of this but they will milk the cash cow til Americans refuse to tolerate it anymore. This is More..

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    • What "resources" are "they" the U.S. milking? I hear this argument, but I am just wondering besides arms, what are they?

      Could it be that for most part of USA history, they have been involved in "worldly" politics that sometimes looks like meddling in others affairs?

      Neither party is immune from this notion that not all of the other countries citizens want to be like Mike or the USA.

      We need to learn from this in the future. We can't be the worlds police anymo More..

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    • What? Are you the half glass empty guy and say it wiil never happen because of them or us?

      You care about resources when people are dieing?

      When innocent people don't have freedom of speech?

      Every country needs to be accountable, and if they want to rage JIHAD, then if someone steps up and says, fuck you and your intolerance of your country or religion then they take that task and I say good for the world. If China, Russia and Mexico gave 100,000 troops this war would be over!

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    • Serious?

      How could we have won quicker? Carpet bombing, nuking?

      I just don't see it. The only way I see us (the Western World) winning is by having other countries that are against violent religious extremists share the risk and the burden of war. If we (earths citizens) are truly wanting a peaceful world we need to come together as one to fight evil. There is an endless stream of uneducated religious freaks waiting for the romance of killing innocent people.

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  • i thought the strategy was kill as many of those idiots as possible , inwhich we are doing quiet nicely at...

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  • if this war can be waged far more cheaply im all for it.

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  • I agree.
    The proper strategy would be to bring our kids home and quit throwing money at a problem that won't be "fixed".

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