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03:44 PM on 02/28/2012
End the Wars ... Ron Paul 2012 !!!!
sammy3110
Humpty Dumpty was pushed
03:40 PM on 02/28/2012
Anybody remember our well paid "Northern Alliance" surrogates (that hodge-podge of drug lords and war lords who did the real fighting and took Kabul for us)? Where are they now? Now that the historic Nobel winning surge POTUS needs them for his "Necessary War?"
04:45 PM on 02/28/2012
Get your facts straight. We invaded Afghanistan because the 9/11 attacks against the US were planned and launched from there. In war, sometimes you have to have strange alliances. During WWII, Roosevelt was allied with Joseph Stalin, probably the greatest murdere in history.
sammy3110
Humpty Dumpty was pushed
05:05 PM on 02/28/2012
Tenderfoot Obamabot Badge awarded. Congratulations.
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FDR-FAN
I welcome their hatred
03:39 PM on 02/28/2012
" When you try to please everybody you end up pleasing nobody" --bring em home now--
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plages
Take a plunge
03:36 PM on 02/28/2012
Interesting, sling shots, and drones! Its their country, so, just say good bye, and you'll see that in about ~5 years, we'll be trading with them, and then the very same peoiple who are now making tons of cash, will again, be making tons of cash! Its their country, so they'll go back to being what they do best!
03:35 PM on 02/28/2012
Geesh! Huff is just as prejudiced as Politics Daily.
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RedneckDem
The top 1% stole my made in china bootstraps
03:34 PM on 02/28/2012
You can't want freedom and democracy more for them than they want for themselves.

Let's get our troops home ASAP and let the inevitable happen. Karnai will be dead within a year or a political refugee with billions of US dollars in tow.

What really ticked me off was the line about the execution of two officers in front of US paid afghan workers in a supposedly safe building.
sammy3110
Humpty Dumpty was pushed
03:51 PM on 02/28/2012
Do you sometimes get the impression that they don't like us?
03:34 PM on 02/28/2012
The principles of our western culture are built upon 3000 years of intellectual reasoning, influenced by Roman, Greek, Christian and Enlightenment thinking. Our law and world view have been developed with these idea. You can not expect our sense of fairplay to be shared with a culture that is influenced with 7th century religious ideas.

I've seen this attitude before. In times past, religious missionaries would put suit-and-tie on indigenous peoples in the south pacific and get them to sing "Bringing in the Sheaves" as an attempt to teach religious beliefs.

The smarter we get, the less common-sense we use.
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greeneyes51654m
Retired, finally...
04:37 PM on 02/28/2012
Absolutely. F & F
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lawrence of america
03:26 PM on 02/28/2012
Why are westerners always so arrogant about their military prowess?
Afghans have had a culture of warfare long before they were muslim. in fact until recently ( with the taliban) they were regarded as fairly liberal and secular with their practice of islam. this was until USSR decided to jump into the quicksand and the mujihadeen imported that wahabist strain into Afghanistan.
religous or not the Afghans have always known war and strife, and detest foreigners particularly those that occupy them.
It doesnt matter what you do for them, as long as you are occupying them they will wait for the day to seek vengeance, and it wont be pretty. look what happened to the British.
USA had every right in the world to fight al qaeda..so why didn't they? instead they went full scale war and occupation. why not just send in special forces and take out al qaeda members..taliban is not al qaeda they are just a zealous religous party that have gained a lot more prestige then they ever deserved because they have successfully fought off the foriegn "occupier" for 10 years.
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intellifran
I think therefore I woman:)
03:36 PM on 02/28/2012
The Brittish held land in Afghanistan for 200 years and left on their own accord. Nothing happened to them. Afghanistan is also reminents of the Persian empire, which was not overthrown by Afghans, by the way. Furthermore, the taliban have not done anything successfully other than attack and hurt their own people.
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emulsifier
I love the whole world, boom-de-ahda, boom-de-ahda
03:50 PM on 02/28/2012
There were three Anglo-Afghan wars.
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lawrence of america
03:50 PM on 02/28/2012
sigh. what an arrogant interpretation/ revision of history..
British-afghan war 1 aka Auckland's Folly
- the british are eventually forced to evacuate, entire forces are decimated.
2nd british-afghan war
- british are eventual forced to evacuate
3rd British-afghan war
this time the afghans attacked the brits in india..it is considered a minor victory for the brits..because they only lost 50% more troops than the afghan invaders and eventually repulsed them.
British never held afghanistan for 200 years ( no idea where you pulled that from) the influence of british india is much different than HOLDING a territory. Yes part of afhganistan is remnants of the persian empire thus there are some persian ethnic groups..whats your point..they counld not control the territory and were a constant source of trouble for persians. I assume you are using the modern pov of a contigious state to support your arguement that the afghns never overthrew the persians...the persians controlled(tentatively) points along a trade route..they did not control nor has anyone the territory of afghanistan.
03:38 PM on 02/28/2012
They are all nuts, and need to be erased.
03:22 PM on 02/28/2012
we should have just flattened the region and taken all its resources after WWII
03:20 PM on 02/28/2012
Foreign troops on your soil is not acceptable by anyone. To be there as an occupying force with no responsibility to local laws and customs is an abomination. Just because they are our sons and daughters does not make the occupied feel any better. To know us in this way is to hate us. We can accomplish nothing with people who loath us. YANKEE GO HOME. Bring our troops home NOW. This can only get worse.
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JonShank
Changing the world one person at a time...
03:20 PM on 02/28/2012
I can imagine what would happen if bibles were burned... there'd be protests and no one would die.
03:19 PM on 02/28/2012
It sickens me to think of the amount of blood and money we've poured into this war. We need to stop trying to re-program cultures who have no interest in anything we have to say or teach them. They'll continue to take our money as long as we're foolish enough to keep giving it to them. Get out now!
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Otherday
Chief Imperial Sage, Earth, Milky Way Quadrant
03:17 PM on 02/28/2012
Thoreau wrote that there is more to life than one good book. Afghanistan is trapped in the past. Islam is like a ball-and-chain clamped to their legs. Read the Koran if you want to, but look beyond that. If you don't, you, and those you love, are doomed.
03:17 PM on 02/28/2012
What's clueless is thinking any apology by Obama was necessary or appropriate regardless of the importance of books inadvertantly burned. Radical muslims in Afghanistan have killed Christians for carrying Bibles. Did we get an apology? No. Now they've begun murdering our soldiers over this? Do we get an apology. Of course not. This mess is the best evidence of why we need to leave these people to themselves and stop trying to civilize them or otherwise bring them into the 20th century. If we don't ever see them again, we can't be accused of burning their stuff or doing anything to offend their crazy sensibilities. They are entitled to respect for their religion, but the same is required of them toward the West. That's where they always balk.
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retrievals
TAX CUTS = JOBS = BIG FAT LIE
03:15 PM on 02/28/2012
Here's a simple solution, let's leave.

Here, Taliban. You want it, it's yours'.

Bye now
sammy3110
Humpty Dumpty was pushed
03:46 PM on 02/28/2012
So you feel like the Taliban ever lost it? lol