Maybe We Won’t Defeat The Taliban

August 14, 2009 at 6:30 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

Secretary Gates says it will take years to defeat the Taliban. What if we don’t actually accomplish that goal? Remember, we’re undertaking this effort at quite a prohibitive cost ($60 billion per year). Can we maintain such a cost for years? Particularly when the end result won’t be what we really envision? Is it really worth the effort? Just look at the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. 33 years after they formed, they were finally defeated.

Maybe I’m underestimating the American military. But after Vietnam and Iraq, I have to underestimate their ability.



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  1. See, that’s why I pictured you getting your head slammed in a locker… lol… comments like “But after Vietnam and Iraq, I have to underestimate their ability.” Because either 1. you’re a complete idiot or 2. you know better, know that’s a cheap shot but you say it anyways just to be petty and spiteful.. If you’re a complete idiot you’re a prolific one with all your blog posts and whatever… The U.S. militarys purpose is to kill the enemies of the united states… I seriously doubt you underestimate their ability to do that… The military is under civilian leadership so put the blame where it belongs. The amount of troops deployed to the area, objectives, mission all that stuff comes from the civilian leadership… Maybe you should have been there in 2004 and 2006 to show me how to do it right within the constraints applied by the civilian leadership.

  2. dude, I think YOU got your head hit around by bullies in high school. Killing people is easy for a military. If simply killing people did the job, we would never have lost any war. Alas, it takes more than just killing enemies to get enemies to do what we want them to do. Did you lose too many brain cells getting whacked by bullies in high school to understand this?

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