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Staying in Afghanistan
Ok. Raise your hand if you really care about whether Afghanistan goes Taliban or remains partially governed by a corrupt cadre of warlords led by Hamid Karzai. Nobody! You are not alone. That is the consensus from a majority of Americans and other nations that have troops in Afghanistan.
Ok. Now raise your hand if you believe we should be concerned about the dangerous Islamic elements and training grounds in Pakistan. Ah. A whole different matter.
And that, I conclude, is why President Obama recently went to Afghanistan and met with its President Karzai and announced that some US military personnel will remain in Afghanistan after 2014 for a period of ten years or so. How many troops will remain was not disclosed in the Presidents speech.
The pretext I suggest is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. But the real motive I believe is that Afghanistan shares a huge border with Pakistan and having a place to carry on other strategic observations from and to launch drones from is in the USs security interests.
The US has concluded that Osama Bin Laden could not have lived in Pakistan for such a long period of time without acquiescence of Pakistans intelligence services, and that while Al Qaeda have had much of its leadership destroyed, Islamic fundamentalism is still the most serious threat in the world to western civilization.
Is it right to keep supporting Hamid Karzais corrupt regime? Is it right to continue to have soldiers die in a war that cannot be won against the Taliban? American intelligence has concluded that it is. Just as it was beneficial to have supported Hasni Mubarek in Egypt and keep the peace it the Middle East, so it is in the best interests of the west to have a Karzai government in Kabul rather than a Taliban government in Kabul at least for as long as they are able to do so.
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