The longest American war 7

We would like to know your opinions of President Trump’s policy, which he announced yesterday, towards Afghanistan and the war America is still waging there against the Taliban.

Below is a video clip in which Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Waltz talks approvingly about the speech and the policy to Fox Special Report host Bret Baier.

Michael Waltz is the author of Warrior Diplomat.

We quote the advertisment for it:

Grappling with centuries-old feuds, defeating a shrewd insurgency, and navigating the sometimes paralyzing bureaucracy of the U.S. military are issues that prompt sleepless nights for both policy makers in Washington DC and soldiers at war, albeit for different reasons. Few, however, have dealt with these issues in the White House situation room and on the front line. Michael G. Waltz has done just that, working as a policy advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and also serving in the mountains of Afghanistan as a Green Beret, directly implementing strategy in the field that he helped devise in Washington.

In Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan, Waltz shares his unique firsthand experiences, revealing the sights, sounds, emotions, and complexities involved in the war in Afghanistan. Waltz also highlights the policy issues that have plagued the war effort throughout the past decade, from the drug trade, to civilian casualties, to a lack of resources in comparison to Iraq, to the overall coalition strategy. At the same time, he points out that stabilizing Afghanistan and the region remains crucial to national security and that a long-term commitment along the lines of South Korea or Germany is imperative if America is to remain secure.

Posted under Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Videos, War by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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  • Thanks to all commenters who answer our question. We appreciate every answer, even though some disagree with others.

    Because we ourselves are divided. One opinion is that President Trump is doing the right thing, that American troops should stay in Afghanistan after the Taliban have been defeated, just as they stay in Germany, Japan and South Korea. Also that a decision not to crush the Taliban would be a green light to Muslim terrorist everywhere to step up their jihad.

    The other opinion is that it is a hopeless cause; that the US should withdraw – but whack the Taliban hard with devastating bombing every time it acts offensively.

    I see sense in both arguments.

  • BobC

    “We would like to know your opinions of President Trump’s policy, which he announced yesterday, towards Afghanistan and the war America is still waging there against the Taliban.”

    Just my opinion which might be totally wrong. If we quit America’s longest war then the terrorists would overrun the country, close down all schools for girls, and force women to wear black tents when they go outside.

    There will be more Americans killed. Is this worthless country worth dying for? Probably not. I’m for staying there anyway but my opinion doesn’t matter because my life is not threatened.

    The problem is the terrorists will never give up. All they have to do is wait until America gets fed up with it and leaves. Just like in Vietnam.

  • Cogito

    I think there are two separable issues here. The first is the military question. History teaches that the Middle East is the graveyard of civilizations. It is proving to be an islamic quagmire dragging the West into the muck. I say clear out and clear out now.

    The second question is Mr. Trump’s abandoning his supporters again. His campaign promise to exit Afghanistan has been reversed dramatically. The swamp is devouring him too.

    • liz

      Yes, it sure seems like that is happening. Your description of the Middle East as the “graveyard of civilizations” is very apt. And we are importing that graveyard into our midst around the world! Utter stupidity.

      • Cogito

        It’s not my phrase actually. I first heard it in a lecture by Prof. Rufus Fears

  • liz

    This is a very complicated issue. Mr Waltz makes some good points, such as that if we just withdraw our troops, Taliban type forces will take over there. But isn’t that pretty much a threat in every Muslim country these days?
    I’d like to think it would work to just withdraw our troops, cut off aid, and leave them to their own devices, while preventing any attacks on the U.S. by destroying their nuclear capabilities and banning all Muslim immigration.
    But I’m no expert, so there could be some fatal flaws in that approach.

    • Thanks, liz. I appreciate your thoughtful reply. I too have only tentative answers.