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NATO’s Afghan Exit Date

November 22, 2010

Here‘s a link that you should look it.


NATO is basically saying that by 2014 no more NATO combat in Afghanistan. We’ll essentially pull out, probably keeping some people there to keep things somewhat secure but, in the end, it’s Afghanistan’s problem now.


Here’s my problem with this. Regardless of your politics, this plan is missing one very important aspect – how the hell this is going to work. I wouldn’t call myself a scholar on this area, but I know a pretty good deal about it. There’s no way that this could ever happen. Ever. If we actually meet this deadline, Afghanistan will not be a stable, functioning, democratic government. No way. Not enough time, not enough precedence, not enough stability. Once again, regardless of your view on the war from the start, we’re pretty deep into it at the moment. Pulling out would basically be saying, “Yeah, fuck that, who cares. I, for one, could care less about the people of Afghanistan (i.e. a country that we kind of raped militarily, for better or worse). And, on top of that, I don’t care about the people over there that really want to see us all dead over in America. Whatever, let them do their worst.”


Maybe you can spin that in a way to make it sound good. I don’t know. What I do know is that setting a deadline isn’t what Afghanistan needs. It needs security, stability, and a government that a significant majority trusts as quickly as possible. And if that happens in three years then great, let’s get out of that hellhole. The sooner the better. But arbitrarily assigning an exit date instead of taking into account all of the potential variables that go into the decision to initiate a large-scale withdraw? Really?

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