After 13 years of war in Afghanistan – the longest in US history – the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.
More than 2,000 US fighters have been killed in the 13 year Afghan war. More than 20,000 Afghan civilians were also killed. According to a study last year by a Harvard University researcher, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost in total between four and six trillion dollars. There is no way of looking at the US invasion of Afghanistan and seeing a success.
So in light of this failure, what does the Obama Administration do? Do they admit the mistake? Do they pull the remaining US troops out of Afghanistan and try to avoid making matters even worse? No! As with all US government programs, if the desired result is not achieved they just pump in more resources and continue with the same policies. The past 13 years have been an utter failure, so this past week the US government signed on for ten more years of war!
US troops were legally required to be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year, according to a status of forces agreement between the US and Afghanistan...
There are currently two factions in American presidential politics: Those who are absolutely sure Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016 and those who are absolutely sure he won’t.
The first group points to Bush’s recent weeks on the road—he hit a variety of long-planned Republican political and policy events in advance of the midterms, and put on an impressively lively and incisive show. Supporters share stories of Bush aides quietly urging potential backers to keep their powder dry only a little longer. George W. Bush’s jaunty recent assertion that his brother “is weighing his options,” is seen as a trilling dog whistle signifying that Dallas, Houston, and, significantly, Kennebunkport are all on board for a third Bush presidency. Continued...
In 1975, as the elected sheriff of Utah’s Davis County, William “Dub” Lawrence helped organize one of the state’s first SWAT teams. On September 22, 2008, his son-in-law, Brian Wood, was killed by that SWAT team outside his home following a 12-hour standoff.
After suffering a breakdown of some kind, Wood called 911 to report (falsely) that he had beaten and raped his wife. SWAT operators used chemical weapons to force Wood from the pickup truck in which he had taken refuge, then treated him to a barrage of rubber bullets, projectile bean bags, and pepper-spray rounds, in addition to tear gas and flash-bang grenades. While Wood was prone and helpless, he was shot with a Taser at least eight times by one officer, and an unknown number of times by a second — before being shot at point-blank range by another officer wielding a .308-caliber rifle. Continued...
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Cameron acknowledges 'high price' of Afghan war on arrival in Kabul
Prime minister is first world leader to meet new Afghan government on final visit before last British troops leave
David Cameron has arrived in Kabul to become the first world leader to meet the new but fragile Afghan government led jointly by Ashraf Ghani and his defeated opponent in the presidential race Abdullah Abdullah.
It will be Cameron’s last visit to Afghanistan before all UK troops leave the country, ending a UK engagement that has lasted since 2001, brought 453 UK deaths and often been criticised as a strategic failure, not least by the outgoing Afghan president, Hamid Karzai.
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