Ten years after the war in Afghanistan began, take a look at some U.S. Department of Defense video that shows the U.S. air bombardment on the Taliban on October 7, 2001.
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Videos are not cursed, they are a emotional relief to shattered dreams from ground zero. It makes me feel vindicated to see those Taliban & AQ scourge being decimated by the claws of failed diplomacy It's the only option in a religously & economically corrupt environment. It worked and worked well against the Taliban. US needs now to be comitted to finishing the mission which is to maintain momentum.
america and nato have lost the afghan war
I'd like to see what AQ thinks about that statement. I sleep well at night ... I bet they don't.
We are kicking your @ss STUPID, you are the Loooooooossserrrr, Beeeoooooooccchhh.
World Super Power against World Weakest Country..What Cnn Want to Show by this war footage.I dont know how much history Gonna Repeat itself..
Reading some comments here reveal some Americans like going to war. It's amazing how far the US propaganda and war machine has gone to convince them that war is a necessary evil. Fact is, all empires have to go go to war to maintain the balance of power on its side. With empires come corruption, human rights abuses and an ever widening gap between rich and poor. It feeds a never ending spiral of chaos and violence. I will not support this kind of government and foreign policy and I hope others will stand up, seal out and make a change without supporting the US military-industrial complex.
Theres no propagandist war machine. I like the idea of fighting for my country and do so very willingly. I like the idea of defending my nation and beating down all that try to take us on. You can go on believing in whatever hokus-pokus belief you have. But I'd rather live for something, than die for nothing.
even if we have to go back like you said in 5 to 8 years that's 5 to 8 years of newer technology that we will be coming out with, better weapons, better body armor, we are humans, we are able to over come and adapt to anything or anyone they throw against us. i am a american i am able to overcome and adapt to any situation that is presented to me the soldiers in Iraq, and afghan can adapt 20x better than i can because they are trained to do that such thing, be tactical and tactically proficient
We may have to go back an do it again in the future. When the Taliban walk back into Kabul. We may have to do it every 5 to 8 years, send them back into the hills back into the FATA. In a civil war it is hard to establish training camps as the safe havens keep moving due to rolling offensives, back and forth, that all depends on manpower, munitions it can be controlled externally via logistics. An influx to one side or faction within on side can change the situation on the ground, like wind across a lake as it changes direction so does the ripples from one side to the other, the stronger the wind the ripples become waves. Deny al-Qaida safe haven of Afghanistan, deny the Taliban control of Afghanistan.
Obama had two options on Afghanistan, the surge was a dual strategy, to draw down safely we needed to draw up, that required more troops, one to blunt the insurgency, two to build up the indigenous security forces. So they will allow for a safe withdrawal, so between the blunted insurgency and the indigenous forces which will be able to hold out until after we have left country safely. It sounds strange but it was safer to withdraw 100,000 than 40,000 it would have been a massacre, not a strategic withdrawal.
So if things went bad in Afghanistan the surge was also our exit. Fiscally 2013 was it win, lose or draw, then mission creep another year gets added 2014. Obama has cut the plan to the bone, the ANSF just capable to hold out for us to leave, increased the draw down, 10,000 this year, 25,000 next, still leaving 100,000 international forces for one year before a much larger withdrawal.
The only way to prevent the military getting bogged down in an endless war is to remove the force structure, under their strategy they become combat ineffective, and the strategy redundant. Otherwise you are stuck in a stalemate, pouring in more resources, 8 years maintain the current force structure, which means replacing the KIA and wounded can be anything from 60 to 70 thousand additional troops, 14 years that's 120 to 140 thousand troops. If we fought these wars 30 years ago there would be around 80,000 KIA, military technology and medical technology we can simply keep people alive today that 30 years ago we could not, and we have to care for them for the rest of their lives. MRAP's keep people alive, body armor keep people alive, they may never work again but they are alive. Look at the suicide rates, the PTSD, mental health, produces dysfunctional families, which produces more damage individuals, more cost on the system.
3.4 trillion, this will end up costing 8 trillion over the decades.
The American Government especially Mr. Bush has done a very big mistake on attacking on Afghanistan. What was the need for attack, incase there was way other than military action to chase Osama. The American Government paid too much to Pakistan as aid to scramble Taliban while the Pakistan government reinforce/reunite Taliban trimple the NATO in AFghan. If a simple man like me knows that Pakistan is playing dual face game, cant the US government/CIA knows that Pakistan is killing NATO soldiers during 2001 to 2010. The American government is lead by a capitalist who for his personal business is killing thousands of US soldiers. Another Drama running in Kabul is about patrolling of NATO soldiers on the main road. The NATO in Afghanistan is to save Afghanistan or save themselves on Afghan ANA & ANP during patrol. The ANA & ANP are 1st while NATO soldiers are following them due to roadside bombs or sucide attacks.
The only way to save NATO death & elimination of Terrorist in Afghanistan is to fight Pakistan since they are breeding terrorist in their country. I am 100% sure that the terrorist will no longer last once Pakistan is beaten. Long Life Afghanistan!!! Death to Pakistan & its emergies!!!
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