5 voices: What is needed for success in Afghanistan?
October 6th, 2011
09:11 AM ET

5 voices: What is needed for success in Afghanistan?

The Taliban have been forced out of power, Osama bin Laden is dead, and al Qaeda, by many accounts, is not nearly as powerful as it once was.

But 10 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan, many issues still plague the country.

CNN.com asked five people - either Afghans or Afghanistan experts - to explain what they think is the most important thing needed for a successful Afghanistan.

Check out what the iReporter, the professor, the non-profit researcher, the regional expert and the Afghan journalist had to say.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Just An Opinion

    New to posting but hope to do it more often. As a military guy... I am fine with us leaving... EVERYWHERE! For all those of you who want us out... just think about this. When we leave (and we will for reasons that I'm sure are being bloged about elsewhere) ... what will happen. Will the world suddenly be at peace? Or will the places you want us to leave just go back to the same old terrorism state that they were when we came in. Alot of people have died; innocent people and my borthers and arms alike... We arn't done. We have to continue to rid the world of terrorists.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ++

      Thanks and welcome to a sometimes interesting, sometimes (unwittingly) funny, and sometimes annoying and aggravating passtime. Our news world's social experiment.

      Per your post, I agree. It will be hard to totally extricate ourselves from these horrendous messes. I think that no matter what the US decides to do we will be right and wrong in everyone's eyes. Simultaneously. In the same people.

      We will be praised and condemned, respected and held in contempt by the entire planet. It will be the old "damned if we do and damned if we don't" path. Wish it could be simple and less fraught with impossible choices but it is the nature of the writhing, amorphous blob of issues, conflicting agendas, and blind hatred of all things western (not just America) that precludes clean, effective choices that would lead to truly beneficial outcomes.

      October 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • gogoman

      why speculate about the future of Afghanistan after NATO troops pull out?
      ask the shanghai cooperation organization.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kish

    Sorry the pipeline route is in the East of Afganistan running north to south.

    October 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kish

    The answer is guaranteed annual Opium quata's. And the Trans Afgan Pipeline (the route ia straddle by our Mil. Bases north to south in the west of the country). Thats all London and Washingron want.

    Has anyone checked the Opium production numbers of Afganistan in the years leading up to the war and then after ?

    The numbers explain it all.

    October 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan from Detroit, MI

    The only way to fix the Afghan problem is to pull out just like the Russians did back in 1989 since we have no more right to be there than they did. The biggest problem facing the Afghans is the continued occupation of U.S. and NATO forces despite the efforts of the right-wing news media to make them out to be the heroes that they're not any more than the Russians were!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Good post, Dan. It's great to see that some people here have the sense to see that we do not belong in Afghanistan. Like you say, the best thing we can do for the Afghans is simply to leave them alone. It well worked in Vietnam!!!

      October 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Move it to Iraq and call it Iraq. Seriously I could not fix a modern western country with a hammer problem like that, let only one in condition of Afghanistan.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. buttjee

    Strengthen your own homeland security. Cease fire in Afghanistan. Talk to the Taliban for a negotiated solution on give and take basis. Distant yourself from the corrupt lot in the present AFGHAN Set up.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
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    October 6, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |