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Afghanistan a succesful military campaign, or just more political hot air?

Turns out that the “success” in Afghanistan is just more US propaganda. American troops are now commonly compared to the Russian Army of Occupation that preceded us, and to the Taliban, who we have supposedly been eradicating. A lot of the Afghanis are saying that they prefer the Taliban to the US occupation. The Taliban provided a lot of civil services (medical, educational, etc) just like the USA does, but they did it without killing off a bunch of civilians. Think about it. If you had to choose between:

1.      a religious government that provided for your basic needs, and in return required that you pay lip service to their religion and live their lifestyle (Which is not too different from what you’re used to)

And

2.      A military government that more or less provides for your basic needs, and in return requires that you pay lip service to their propaganda and live their lifestyle (which is dramatically different from what you are used to), but that will regularly sends in the soldiers to wipe out a village, or drop a coupe of tons of bombs on a village because they heard a rumor that some guy they don’t like happens to be there. (remember these are the villages that you, your family, and all of your friends live in)

Which one would you pick?

            The Afghanis have made their choice: They prefer the Taliban. Take a look at http://www.unknownnews.net/casualties.html to understand why. As you look at this, remember that Afghanistan is what Bush calls a successful campaign. Gotta wonder what a failed on would be – although we will probably find out as the Iraq surge continues to result in increases to US casualty counts.

            So let’s see…. We go to Afghanistan, and proceed to completely alienate the population, and then wonder why they treat us as enemies…. Wait a minute. Isn’t that what we are doing in Iraq? And what we did in Viet Nam. Viet Nam? But wasn’t that really long time ago? Things are different now. Or how ‘bout Somalia? Wait a minute, aren’t we going back to Somalia now?

            Lets face it folks, The US has absolutely no hope for accomplishing anything except a hell of lot of bloodshed in the Mid East and Africa. Maybe its time for our politicians to accept this, and try to find some other way to line the pockets of their buddies at Halliburton. 

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