Obviously Afghanistan has been the primary focal point in the War on Terror since September 11, 2001 when the United States was attacked and about 3,000 people were murdered. The US government identified Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda organization based in and allied with the Taliban, the Islamic government in Afghanistan, as the perpetrators of the attacks. While political and military mistakes have been made in this 10 year conflict, we have been successful and destroying the violent Al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership and allowing a government friendly to its neighbors to hopefully evolve. This evolution will take time and be difficult, so our commitment should not waver, but our need for regular military forces in Afghanistan has ended. Continuing to watch and appropriately react to developments in Afghanistan will be an important political issue.

Like ISIS, Haven't We Had Enough of the Taliban

from The Gray Area:

With another Taliban suicide bombing in Afghanistan this weekend, it comes to mind that we have become complacent to the issue of worldwide terrorism. We have tolerated too much terrorism since the Munich Olympics in 1972. Since 9/11 we have pushed back in fits and starts. George Bush countered. Obama relaxed. Trump revived attention to the issue of terrorism with some success against ISIS in the last year. And now the Taliban has re-emerged in Afghanistan. Isn't it time to destroy the Taliban in Afghanistan as well? (Not to mention Boko Harem in West Africa and the various Palestinian terrorist groups around Israel.) Even Pope Francis agrees.

Francis, in remarks to faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday, denounced the suicide bombing that killed more than 100 in Kabul a day earlier and another recent deadly strike in the Afghan capital. Lamenting the "terrible terror massacre" in Kabul on Saturday, he noted that just days earlier there was another grave attack which "sowed terror and death in a large hotel" there. He asked: "For how long will the Afghan people have to put up with this inhumane violence?"

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