The Afghan war that was started on October 7th, 2001 in response to the 9/11 terror attacks has reached, sadly, its 10th anniversary today, solidifying its place as the longest war ever fought in U.S. history.
There is no pretty way to say this, so here it is: 10 years on, nothing has been accomplished there at all whatsoever. The initial success of the military campaign as U.S. and NATO forces ousted the Taliban from power in November and December 2001 has turned into a nearly decade long insurgency campaign by the Taliban, which shows no signs of slowing down at all. In recent weeks, the Taliban has grown more brazen with their attacks, including being responsible for the death of former Afghan president Rabbani.
The government the U.S. and NATO is supporting is corrupt, inept, and openly hostile to the presence of American and international troops in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai’s regime blatantly stole last year’s presidential election and has alienated any legitimate Afghan politicians that wish to really begin to build the institutions necessary for a stable, growing democracy to take hold in the country. His open hostility to the U.S.and NATO forces in Afghanistan shows he doesn’t support the forces that are protecting his regime staying in power. If the U.S. and NATO forces left long ago, Karzai and anyone associated with his government would be dead by now by the hands of the Taliban.
The Afghan populace, whom are struggling day by day to live, despite all the chaos surrounding them, loathe the American and NATO presence in the country and want us out now. Over 10,000 Afghan civilians have been killed in the past five years of fighting alone and its not getting any better at all. The U.S. and NATO forces don’t have the trust of the Afghan populace and will support the Taliban once again if their forces can bring some sort of stability and calm to the chaotic situation in the country.
The “ally” that was suppose to help us stabilize Afghanistan, Pakistan, has done nothing but back stab the U.S. and NATO, and in recent months, been openly hostile towards American and international troops in Afghanistan. Since the killing of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan has been completely uncooperative as an ally for help in regards to stabilize Afghanistan. Without Pakistan’s help, no matter how many troops the U.S. and NATO places into Afghanistan, the country will never stabilize and we will keep on fighting the Taliban for another 10 years. Remember, the Taliban are patient. They can wait until the end of time to achieve their goals. They know that the U.S. and NATO don’t have the luxury of time, money, and resources to keep up an endless war and know we will eventually withdraw and leave.
The American public is sick of this year now, too. Once dubbed “the good war,” Afghanistan has become nothing more than white background noise for most Americans. The killing of Osama bin Laden and the dispersion of the Al Qaeda network from Afghanistan and Pakistan are considered by most Americans to be the primary objectives of the war in the 1st place. Since those objectives have been achieved, for most Americans, its now time to get the hell out and concentrate on our broken society here at home.
Enough is enough. America has done all its can with Afghanistan and without success. It is time to come home now!!! Enough of this endless war!!! The Soviets understood back in 1988 that no power could ever win in Afghanistan, no matter how great of a power it is. Afghanistan is truly the graveyard of empires. The Persians, the British, the Soviets, and now, the Americans.
Lets not spend another 10 years in Afghanistan and waste our time, money, treasure, and our troops in a country with an endless civil war. Declare victory, declare that the killing of Osama bin Laden defines as our primary objective in Afghanistan has been met, and get the hell out of there now!!!