It would seem, the State Department is having a bit of an issue here recently. Let's take a look here and explore their difficulties for a moment.
Here is a quick map for reference out of the story:
After signing a 10-year lease and spending more than $80 million on a site envisioned as the United States’ diplomatic hub in northern
Afghanistan, American officials say they have abandoned their plans, deeming the location for the proposed compound too dangerous.
Oh?? I didn't realize we were building a Consulate in the North to the tune of 10's of millions of dollars. Hmmmm
The decision to give up on the site is the clearest sign to date that, as the U.S.-led military coalition starts to draw down troops amid mounting
security concerns, American diplomats are being forced to reassess how to safely keep a viable presence in Afghanistan. The plan for the Mazar-e
Sharif consulate, as laid out in a previously undisclosed diplomatic memorandum, is a cautionary tale of wishful thinking, poor planning and the type
of stark choices the U.S. government will have to make in coming years as it tries to wind down its role in the war.
Well, there is a mixed bag for good and bad. They at least seem to understand, this isn't a friendly nation. That is a start.
Uh oh.... The good is leaving fast!
A consulate just a short walk from Mazar-e Sharif’s Blue Mosque, one of the country’s most sacred religious sites, was seen as a way to
reassure members of the ethnic Tajik and Uzbek minorities that dominate the north that the United States was committed to Afghanistan for the long
Was seen as a way to reassure? That horse left the barn a long time ago. Let's see....We've invaded, stomped, BEEN stomped BY and abandoned Iraqis to
their various fates with the Jihadis who never left..and just waited. We've turned our back on Israel in very real ways, while assuring them, they
really are #1 in our thoughts. Why do I get the feeling Obama's index finger isn't the "1" he uses when Israel comes to mind? Finally, we've been
giving mixed messages to everyone in the world for at least 3 years and closer to 6. In that climate, this was meant to reassure??
Let me take a moment and share my view. We've been fighting a war only we seem to have ever wanted in the first place. We've had combat troops
deployed and in daily enemy contact for almost 12 full, continuous years now in 2 nations. They've been in combat operations on and off for that
entire time in 6 ADDITIONAL nations. (Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and the Philippine Islands) Thats 8..EIGHT foreign nations our flag has
been on the shoulder of men with guns, out killing local populations or certain segments of them....for over a decade.
Was it justified? Is it right? Some say yes and some say no. It isn't the point though and 100% justified and proper wars need to end eventually. This
one never seems to end. It just changes focus and moves against NEW nations when the old ones just aren't working too well anymore.
Afghanistan is the focus when they are reporting they failed to find a way forward on 80 Million worth of work toward a center I'm fairly certain no
American can call useful or productive for the money spent and I'll be the locals feel pretty close to the same on the matter.
We need our men home. We need this war over. Not 10 years from NOW....Good God man, Vietnam lasted a TOTAL of 10 years...and this Government is
telling us we must be patient now and it'll take time??? 20 YEARS TIME??? Are they kidding, delusional or just holding contempt for our level of
intelligence out here?
I really don't care much about hearing from State or the White House about anything relating to Afghanistan until it's to announce U.S. forces leaving
that place and heading some....starting within the WEEK. Not Decade.
That land isn't for us. It never has been. That nation has destroyed and killed the soldiers of every single outside power to ever attempt claiming
it. Bar None. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Every Empire before us tried. Every Empire before us failed. Why does Washington think the United States is so special
and so far above everyone else, that we can succeed where all others have met defeat and destruction?
I submit, we are not different and the end result won't be either. Lets not take 10 more years learning that for the same end game. This Consulate
...the fact it was even PLANNED....it the best example of how nothing changed from one Administration to another. Nothing at all. If Romney turns out
to be as bad, I say he needs removed by Impeachment LONG before he hit 4 years.
The world can't deal with another term of any US President considering the entire Planet to be an extension of American values and Foreign Policy. The
wars didn't start that way in my view, but it's what we see as we stand here in May of 2012, gazing at what we've helped create and more to the point,
destroy. No new construction. Build planes...to bring troops home.
Anyone else sick and tired of the war and the apparent need the leadership has to continue it indefinitely??? I thought this was about killing Bin
Laden. I didn't realize that was all fluff to make a Perm. and overwhelming presence in Central Asia for generations. (Yeah..Somewhere..I knew their
thoughts likely ran this way. We shouldn't have to by psychic and the lies to our faces just can't go on)
edit on 6-5-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)