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Do you support the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan?

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Do you support the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan?

Poll ended at 17 Aug 2011, 09:50

Yes
7
16%
No
32
73%
Other
5
11%
 
Total votes : 44
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Post 24 Jun 2011, 00:26
Because according to me, funding the Northern Alliance (warlords and US puppets) is no more acceptable. It would be more honest to support the invasion.
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Post 24 Jul 2012, 17:50
Dave wrote:
No.

Afghanistan has little strategic value, and maintaining long term influence will be difficult given the proximity to other great powers (Russia, China, India) and major regional powers (Pakistan, Iran). Our supply lines to Afghanistan also run through Pakistan, an unstable state which could collapse into civil war or suffer an anti-American (ie nationalist or Islamist) coup d'etat. This would put ISAF at great risk, although fortunately our heavy airlift capability is better than that of the Luftwaffe during Stalingrad. A durable victory would require a major expansion of the war into Pakistan (already occuring with drone strikes) which would require a far larger force of occupation. Lastly, the occupation of Afghanistan requires friendly relations with Islamabad, whereas we need to begin isolating Pakistan in order to strengthen our relationship with India so that we can contain the PRC.

It's basically a huge sinkhole for our blood and treasure while bringing us little in return. Now that Osama bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda's network in Afghanistan gone, we have an opportunity to declare victory and get the hell out.

In a hypothetical situation where we had a competent and militarist government, then remaining in Afghanistan could be useful as a prelude to invading Iran and Pakistan. This however is a pipe dream, and American power is in fast decline. It's time for imperial retreat.


Actually, Afghanistan does have strategic value because of the oil fields that were formerly in Taliban held areas. However, I agree that the whole thing, right from 2001 was a bad idea.
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