Afghanistan Is A "War Of National Resistance": Former CIA Agent

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  1. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    Afghanistan Is A "War Of National Resistance": Former CIA Agent

    By Rethink Afghanistan
    Video Posted November 25, 2009
    In the latest video from the Brave New Foundation's "Rethink Afghanistan" project, former CIA agent Robert Bear says that what the U.S. faces when it comes to the Afghan insurgency isn't terrorism, but a war of national resistance.

    "The people that want their country liberated from the West have nothing to do with Al Qaeda," Baer says. "They simply want us gone because we're foreigners, and they're rallying behind the Taliban because the Taliban are experienced, effective fighters."

    Because these insurgents see the U.S. as a colonial force, Baer says, they are unlikely to ever rally around the Afghan national army the U.S. is looking to establish. "This is an occupying force," explains Matthew Hoh, a former U.S. official in Afghanistan who resigned last month over the war. "The Afghan National Army is led by Tajiks and Uzbeks and urban Pashtuns, and it is occupying the rural Pashtun South."

    This is why the U.S. should ask itself, Hoh says, "do we want to support one side in a civil war?"

    also a video ............ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24061.htm

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  2. Mikeintx

    Mikeintx Well-Known Member

    Sounds good, pull the troops out and save some of that money being spent to pay down the deficit.
     
  3. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    None of that is too surprising. No matter how well-intentioned the occupying power is - overthrowing a vicious regime, developing infrastructure and education, etc - the locals will only see troops, humiliation, and death in the crossfire. It's the same in Iraq and even the same in the post-Civil War south of the US.

    Afghanistan is in many ways a lose-lose situation. However, it's better we do what we can do prop it up than just abandon ship as in Vietnam. The psychological effect that nearly a decade of lost lives and money will have on our troops and this country is just too vast. But to stay increasingly looks to be more expensive, costly in lives, and less tangible.
     
  4. Hache

    Hache Well-Known Member

    That may be the reason why this war is still going on but you cannot forget why we went there in the first place, that was to do with terrorism, if we leave and the taliban take over who is to say it wont return to what is it, who is to say these terrorists wont come back over the border from Iran and Pakistan.

    I definately think the Iraq war distracted us from finishing the job.

    As famously said "Afghanistan is where Empires go to die"
     
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