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Originally posted by Myendica
Originally posted by byteshertz
And lastly before this word comes up a million times...
• Terrorist: a radical who employs terror (panic) as a political weapon
[edit on 8-8-2010 by byteshertz]
I think this is the best thing you mentioned.
Originally posted by Section31
If any of my fellow United States citizens are agreeing with this crap, you have a very cynical perspective of your country. You should acknowledge our country's failures, pick your selves off the floor, and learn from the hell we went through. You should also stick up for your fellow citizens, and stop moping around because things went wrong.
Majority of these ATS foreigners who are bashing your country are hypocrites. None of them have the guts to pick up a weapon and fight for what they believe to be just. Instead of allowing our fellow US citizens to learn from such mistakes, ATS foreigners are bashing our country's government into the next millennium. Sure, we have issues to deal with, but what gives these hypocrites the right to kick you while we are down.
Stand up for yourselves for god sakes. Be proud of your country.
God bless the United States.
[edit on 8-8-2010 by Section31]
Originally posted by RedBird
The primary purpose of the war in Afghanistan was to secure a friendly regime in Kabul that would allow us to build a pipeline for the strategic control and exploitation of oil fields in and around the Caspian Sea.
Later objectives of the war included the political re-stabilization (not "de-stabilization" as so many people think - we have no interest in direct occupation) of Pakistan, resulting in a new, friendly regime, as the old friendly regime which had replaced the undesirable regime in 1999, was beginning to de-stabilize, and had lost popular support.
Our primary objective was only half accomplished as the original pipeline plan fell through, and following an attempt by the Chinese to co-opt the plan, we were forced to accept an increase in Chinese participation in the pipeline plan.
Considering that a primary motivation of the original pipeline plan had been U.S. strategic control of the line by sending it through Afgh-Paki instead of simply going through China, the fact that the we were forced in the end to accept some Chinese financing and control over the operation suggests that our primary objective was only partly achieved.
All in all, I'd say a mild success.
Oh, wait. You mean you thought it was about Terrorism?
Originally posted by jam321
IMO, the aim in both facts 1 and 2 was achieved.
In fact 1, you can't put dead people on trial.
Al-qaeda has been eliminated. What you have now is a bunch of wannabes as well as government officials who continue to use the group as a reason for continuing the war.
Taliban was removed.
In fact 2, Saddam cannot obtain weapons of mass destruction since he is dead.
The problem is the results. Once the US military achieved their goals, the military should have been withdrawn. Covert operations and diplomacy should have taken over.
IMO, a military isn't meant to be in a long dragged out war.
NATO says 3 US soldiers killed in roadside bombings in southern Afghanistan