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.

Victory! What a refreshing concept.

from The Gray Area:

The New York Times reported that in a meeting in July with his Generals about a plan for Afghanistan, according to a person who was in the room, the President said; “We’re losing”. The plan, he complained, was vague and open-ended, with no definition of victory. “What does success look like?

[Later,] Mr. Trump accepted the logic that a “big military” approach was needed to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a launching pad for terrorism against the United States.

What a refreshing concept. Not hand holding, not avoidance, not escape, not retreat, but victory.

Its about time.

We are not at war with Afghanistan. Unlike the war that bogged Russia down in Afghanistan in the 1980s, in this conflict, the reasonable people of Afghanistan want our help to stabilize their country. Afghanistan has been militarily controlled by radical Islamists for more than two generations. There is only one way to stop this evil; to stop oppressive, violent, tyrannical ideologies and that is with clear and complete victory.

We have been in Afghanistan for 16 years because we have not been determined to win. The same in Iraq and the same everywhere we go. Our military efforts have been directed by lawyers imposing ridiculous rules of engagement. We have been whipsawed by the political whims of the opposition, the media and/or polls. No one in this country wants war of any kind, ever. The way you reduce the threat or the actual occasion of war is to defeat it, not run from it in fear, which is what we have done since 9/11.

Another refreshing concept, we will not tell our enemies what our plans are. Of course. A common sense approach that we have been sadly lacking in the recent past.

Decisive and consistent leadership like this is what is necessary. Lets end this worldwide cancer now, with conviction, dedication and resolve. I hope the current leadership is up to the task.

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