Friday, October 26, 2012

Nato withdrawal from Afghanistan could be speeded up, says Rasmussen, Afghan businesses fleeing! Sound familiar?

We went through this in Vietnam and eventually we were sent packing. Continually we were told Afghanistan is not another Vietnam but we have done everything possible to ensure that it is and would be a lot worse. We are admitting defeat but absolutely our soldiers did their job under dire circumstance and performed magnificently. It is the citizens we leave behind that are again clamoring to get out. 

In Afghanistan, Businesses Plan Their Own Exits: America may be struggling to come up with a viable exit plan for Afghanistan, but Abdul Wasay Manani is sure of his. This month, Mr. Manani, 38, flew to India for 14 days to scout out a new business, and a new home, ready to leave Afghanistan and everything he worked to build here, just in case things fall apart when most Americans and other foreign troops leave in 2014. “If the Taliban come like last time, ordering people around with whips, I can’t stay here,” he said. “I have to leave this country to keep my family safe.” Many Afghans share his concern. In this environment, troubling indicators are not hard to find. More than 30,400 Afghans applied for asylum in industrialized nations in 2011, the highest level in 10 years and four times the number seeking asylum in 2005. The only Western bank operating here said on Wednesday that it would be leaving. Piles of cash equaling about a quarter of Afghanistan’s annual economic output were physically carried out of Afghanistan last year.

I just do not get it. If those people know how bad their life is going to be under the Taliban then why do they not fight to defeat them? *Vietnam all over again regardless of what they say. They are now offering the Taliban to join in the Government but it does not matter because they are going to take over immediately.

I really do not care what they do. Our soldiers did their job. We should get them out now with heads held high for a job well done. They have performed magnificently.The Taliban are going to take over again regardless and the people know it that is why everyone who can is making preparations to get out now.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

1 comment:

Demeur said...

People seem to forget that we backed a Taliban government when they fought the Russians. It is our usual MO for creating a government. We find the strongest group and install them in power. The Taliban being the strongest and most anti Soviet at the time fit the bill. However now it's backfired on us.

The people there don't really care one way or another. They just want to survive another day without getting killed by the Taliban or us.

We did much the same thing in Vietnam. I think it's obvious that this can not be won militarily. We will leave and things will settle down. Maybe at some point the Taliban will want to join the 21st century.