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Do you think it was the right time to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan?
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Debra M Ecklund, 7/9/2021 9:48 AM
The current administration seems to be badly handling the withdrawal. If we are leaving tangible military resources without proper handoffs to the Afghan military we may end up with a worse mess than when we entered this confict.
phyllis santleben, 7/9/2021 1:11 PM
perhaps the right time - but the wrong way - i was in Afghanistan with the department of defense- in charge of the English program - for Army Air Corp- the enormous waste the american people paid for - contracting - military is gone- there is no proof of the subterfuge, waste, abuse, poor leadership, theft, wasted and inoperable supplies bought and shipped from a contracting mafia - the child abuse and abuse of young boys the US aided in enrolling in the Afghan army and the astronomical waste in english teaching ( including that at DLIELC - where sponsored Afghans defected - I "helped" "vet" Afghans sent to the US to train - I saw the pile of million dollar passports created , I saw how the volunteer enlisted simply left their uniforms in the trash cans- despite orders to burn them- and afghan workers at Eggers steal them , was a smart move to cover up the waste, malfeasance, corruption, abuse, drug trade ( US would turn over seized drugs ( bricks of pure heroine to Afghans --- ( "trusting them to destroy- I unlocked a classroom - and found beds and condoms all over the floor - food - blankets sent from US relief churches ( sponge bob, frozen) - i though it was women and men - but was Afghan command abusing young Army conscripts - I saw rampant cheating- and more - It should have been done after evidence of ability - but Biden's secret abandonment reeks of malfeasance
Catherine Clinton, 7/9/2021 3:13 PM
We do need to protect Afghanistan's who worked with our military from the Taliban.
K.L. Shillock, 7/9/2021 3:21 PM
Let's remember who put us into the Middle East again after 9/11 . George W. should never have done it! Historically a quagmire and, because of their culture, doomed to remain so. Yes, it's time to admit defeat and get out. How arrogant of us to think we could change a people's cultural mind-set in quick time. 20 years is a mere whisper on the evolutionary scale of cultural re-set. What a horrible waste of American men, women, and resources. And now, we appear to be leaving an additional frosting of damage in the wake of departure.
Ignore history and you repeat, repeat , repeat!!
Patricia Soulier, 7/12/2021 2:22 PM
Troops should a come home years ago, before the Afghan Army relied on US & British
Armed Forces Support. YEARS AGO!
Debbie Schwalbe, 7/12/2021 7:10 PM
The Taliban is rebuilding in the Middle East now and Afghani forces have already surrendered to them. If US troops pull out in mass, this could potentially cause irreversible and catastrophic results, even bring "the war" back to US soil. This could make
the devastating losses we've suffered of little or no value. Even if a small number of troops were to remain in place, it could be extremely beneficial not only to the US but other free countries as well.
Cynthia M. Steuart, 7/13/2021 3:52 PM
Of course I was not there as one person has commented, but it seems to me we must prepare the folks we are leaving to handle the Taliban and run their country.. I imagine this takes a long time. We need to support them and work with them until they can do this. Why lose all of these American lives and not met our goals. Equally bad is not protecting those folks that help our troops so they will not suffer when our troops leave. A tall order, but one that can be accomplished over time.
Meeting these goals will help people from other countries put trust in the USA and not have doubts about us as a country and not hate its people.
Gale Hunt, 7/14/2021 11:48 AM
Leaving our resources for the Taliban and Afganistians who helped us is a tradgedy. We know those who helped our tropps and their families are at great risk, most likely they will be executed. This is not right.
Fran Freedle, 7/14/2021 3:36 PM
I am saddened by the loss of American lives, Afghan lives, all to no avail. We need to admit that we can't change their culture no matter the amount of resources we dedicate to doing so. Meddling in the Middle-East was a bad decision and we need to admit our actions have not been successful. We need not loose any more lives in this interminable battle and leave it in their own hands. This is not our battle but theirs to resolve.
Nancy Ghali, 7/16/2021 9:01 PM
This is a disaster for Afghani women and children. When the Taliban takes over (and they will) no more education for females, no more jobs for women and back into the heavy blue burkas. But we have done enough there. It's their country . It's up to them to make it what they want.
Carmen E Prince, 7/16/2021 10:36 PM
Yes. After 20 years of using our military and taxpayers' money to defend Afghanistan people, they want more blood. During those years the USA was there to help, they have not learned to defend themselves. They will never be independent when they rely on others to fight their wars. Let them fight their own wars and resolve their own problems. Our brave men and women deserve to come back home in one piece. Their problems will not be solved by bringing those people here, They will be dependent of our government with free food, housing, medical service, etc. but they will never assimilate because of the difference in cultures. We are Christians and have different values.
Eva Gaston, 7/17/2021 12:04 PM
I agree that it was time to bring our troops home.,but I disagree with the way it was handled. The US has a history of leaving people behind to suffer in other conflicts. Only until it becomes a public information do they make a last ditch effort to rescue and evacuate our" translators" etc. A phase down mehod with steps for planned protection of those Afgan support teams is full of red tape and fails many of them.
Jan Burch, 7/19/2021 12:49 PM
The US must stop trying to "win hearts and minds", especially in areas with such a cultural divide. Go in, destroy the enemy with overwhelming force, and come home (bringing every weapon home again). The US is losing the battle when we try to change culture. The moment we began negotiations with the Taliban, this war was lost, and the loss is worsened when we leave weapons behind that the enemy will use against the people - and us. It's only a matter of time before there's another attack at home by some terrorist group given safe haven by the Taliban.
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