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A couple of weeks ago there was a very good news story on Frontline, entitled Obama's War... there was some footage of marines walking by piles of poppy (may as well have said send to innercities in US) that they could not destroy as it would have an adverse effect on the "hearts and minds" of the Afghan People.. we want to wint those "hearts and minds" really bad.
This is now an article on how the US funds the Taliban... only convinces me more and more to get out of Afghanistan.. bring our men and women home.
On October 29, 2001, while the Taliban's rule over Afghanistan was under assault, the regime's ambassador in Islamabad gave a chaotic press conference in front of several dozen reporters sitting on the grass. On the Taliban diplomat's right sat his interpreter, Ahmad Rateb Popal, a man with an imposing presence. Like the ambassador, Popal wore a black turban, and he had a huge bushy beard. He had a black patch over his right eye socket, a prosthetic left arm and a deformed right hand, the result of injuries from an explosives mishap during an old operation against the Soviets in Kabul.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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We should get out of Afghanistan, but we will need to have a refuge policy that protects our allies, including the Afghani troops and their families, and allows them to emigrate to the U.S. or other countries. Otherwise, when we leave, we are simply setting those people up for slaughter.