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Sunday, March 19, 2017

TOP American military commander Gen Nicholson's call for the deployment of more Nato troops to Afghanistan has come with an eerie sense of déjà vu: the continuation of the longest war in US history.

While testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Nicholson characterised the conflict as a stalemate. In straightforward language, his statement amounts to an outright victory for the Taliban.

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As if on cue, Centcom chief Gen Votel also informed senators the commanders were putting the final touches on a new strategy that would require more troops. Almost without reservation, he upheld Nicholson's assessment of what has come to be seen as a forgotten war, and underlined the imperative of staying engaged with Pakistan to ensure the new strategy works.

Defence Secretary Mattis acknowledged at a Senate hearing: "Our country is still at war in Afghanistan ... we are in serious trouble. The Taliban have eroded some of our successes."

Some US officials insist the Western-backed Kabul government remains unaffected by Taliban's battlefield gains. Amidst this pettifoggery, no one seems to appreciate the unpalatable reality that wars (once initiated) drag on in perpetuity.

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If a military stratagem alone had been a panacea, Obama's much-touted gambit of sending 30,000 extra soldiers into Afghanistan would have resulted in an outright victory. Instead, the Taliban grew stronger, something that also exposed the ex-president's fantasy.

Whatever we throw at them, they just absorb, adjust and grow stronger. They don't fight like we do. They wait for us, they draw us out and they win.

Bloody Hell, we are fraked.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-19 01:54 AM | Reply

Defence Secretary Mattis ..."Our country is still at war in Afghanistan ... we are in serious trouble. The Taliban have eroded some of our successes."

SOME of our successes?

No Guv.. it's more like ALL of our successes.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-19 01:56 AM | Reply

The Taliban are conservatives, like the GOP. The Taliban are against planned parenthood, public schools (at least for girls), equal rights, environmental protection, gun control and abortion. They are based. Trump can just declare victory over the evil progressives and have a victory parade. Trump's secret plan worked, he is smarter than all the generals.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-19 02:05 AM | Reply

Why bleed to make Afghanistan like the west, when a con man can make the US like Afghanistan.
Little d clearly doesn't need a threat to fight in order to shovel money to the MIC.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-19 02:07 AM | Reply

We could just leave and let Pakistan have them as a neighbor. Yeah, that would be funny.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-03-19 02:12 AM | Reply

You know what's even funnier?

We'll have to do exactly THAT eventually.

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-19 02:44 AM | Reply

The US has proven to be USELESS on the battlefield. Pakistan kills 10 times the number of Afghans with artillery than we ever did in 10 years with drones (and the US is fine with that... not one word of "stop").

We have got "taliban taliban" stuck in our minds so bad, we don't understand that US and Afghan troops are now being killed by ISIS ("Emirate of Khorasan" they call themselves).

Even the taliban are afraid of ISIS-Khorasan. Which is why instead of trying to kill them, we should fight WITH the taliban AGAINST ISIS.

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-19 02:48 AM | Reply

The Afghans are a perfecr example of High capacity assault rifles with extended clips defeating tanks jets and missiles.

We need to get out of there..

#8 | Posted by aescal at 2017-03-19 10:45 AM | Reply

The middle east was a dog's breakfast before we got there. It has not improved. I say bring the boys home and let that area of the world return to the hell it has always been.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-03-20 05:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Which is why instead of trying to kill them, we should fight WITH the taliban AGAINST ISIS.
#7 | POSTED BY J_TREMAIN

Lately, lots of people fondly recall the good 'ol days when Dumbya, Saddam, and the Taliban were still in power.

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-03-20 09:10 PM | Reply

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The middle east #9 | Posted by docnjo

Afghanistan is not in the Middle East, Drop-out.

#11 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-21 12:36 AM | Reply

#11 | Posted by J_Tremain Well it is Muslim, and it isn't India. Central Asia is usually considered north of that country. It does border Pakistan.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-03-21 01:47 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Afghanistan is sometimes regarded as part of South Asia (it is a member of SAARC) and sometimes a part of Central Asia.

NEVER the Middle East.

Your precious Middle East starts with Israel and ends with Iran.

It does border Pakistan.

Pakistan is South Asia, Indian Subcontinent or Asian Subcontinent. NEVER the Middle East.

Calling countries "Middle East" just because they happen to be Muslim, was started to accommodate Dubya's peanut brain. Too many words confused him.

#13 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-21 03:27 AM | Reply

And so ends the geography lesson for our resident drop-out.

#14 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-21 03:28 AM | Reply

Lately, lots of people fondly recall the good 'ol days when Dumbya, Saddam, and the Taliban were still in power.

The lesson should be war isn't the answer.

But. Apparently. The answer is more war.

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-03-21 03:52 AM | Reply

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