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Why Can’t We ‘Just March Out’ of Afghanistan?
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Last week President Biden announced a “full” US withdrawal from Afghanistan – the longest war in US history – by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States. While this announcement is to be welcomed, the delayed US withdrawal may result in Americans and Afghans dying needlessly for good PR optics back home. We all remember how many Americans died after President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” stunt in Iraq.

The war has been a disaster from day one. So why wait to end it?

The previous Trump Administration had negotiated an agreement for the US to be out of Afghanistan by the first of May, but in its obsession with tossing out anything associated with Trump, President Biden will continue to keep US troops in harm’s way in this pointless war.

The Taliban have kept their end of the “Doha Agreement” signed under then-President Trump: no Americans have been killed in Afghanistan for more than a year. However, the US side under President Biden will formally violate the Agreement by keeping US troops in-country after May 1st. The Taliban has announced that it will hold the US “liable” for remaining in-country after the agreed-upon departure date. That means more Americans may be killed.

The outcome of the war will not be altered in the slightest by keeping US troops in Afghanistan four additional months. The withdrawal is already announced and no one paying attention expects the corrupt US-backed Kabul government to survive. It is another Saigon moment, proving that the intellectually bankrupt US foreign policy and military established has learned absolutely nothing from history. So if another American is killed, who is going to explain to the grieving family why their loved one had to remain in harm’s way for a good 9/11 photo-op?

A recent article in the Military Times lays out the massive disaster of the US two-decade war on Afghanistan: more than two trillion dollars spent – much of it going to fund crooked practices in Afghanistan and here at home. And even worse, the Cost of War Project has estimated that a quarter of a million people have been killed in the war.

We do applaud President Biden’s decision to ignore the demands of all the neocons who have flocked to support his Administration, but as is most often the case, when it comes to Washington you have to really read the fine print when something sounds too good to be true. In this case, the fine print is that the US will not actually be leaving Afghanistan at all. As a recent article in The Grayzone points out, the Afghan war will continue with US special forces, CIA paramilitaries, and guns-for-hire taking the place of US soldiers. The war is not going to end, it’s just going to be “privatized.”

My philosophy has always been simple: we just marched in, so we can just march out. As we have learned recently, that is exactly what President Trump tried to do in the final days of his presidency, only to get cold feed after his military and national security “experts” told him it was a terrible idea. When the history of the Trump Administration is written, it will sadly be filled with stories of Trumps’ excellent instincts tossed aside by his inability to demand that those working for him follow his orders. It’s tragic.

We need to be completely out of Afghanistan. Yesterday.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Afghanistan, American Military 
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  1. So, the troops still there after May 1st are sacrificial pawns.

    I would not blame them if they put self-preservation above all else.

  2. Realist says:

    Why Can’t We ‘Just March Out’ of Afghanistan?

    Because the billionaires and the Deep State need more money.

  3. conatus says:

    Afghanistan…where Empires go to Die!

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    , @Dumbo
  4. I’m curious what the real reason for maintaining troops there is? Staging area to attack Iran? Minerals? Our secret government has a reason they are just not telling us.

  5. Energy sector says let’s stay and loot Afghanistan.

    Military says WAR IS COOL! It’s like Kilgore in APOCALYPSE NOW musing/lamenting ‘some day this war’s going to end’.

    Jews want to breathe down Iran’s neck by staying in Afghanistan.

    Deep State minions just love to play empire.

  6. @conatus

    Afghanistan…where Empires go to Die!

    Is that even true?

    Brits failed there but their empire died due to WWI and WWII.

    Soviet Union would likely have fallen without Afghanistan. Things were just out of control, and Gorbachev’s half-hearted reforms made things far worse.

    US empire will march on even after pulling out of Afghanistan. Why? US itself is a colony of a bigger empire, the Empire of Judea.

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
  7. 1. The Persians failed in Afghanistan

    2. Alexander the Great met “ferocious people” in Afghanistan in 330BC and lost!

    3. The Brutish conquered India (i.e today’s India, Pakistan & Bangladesh) but were all buried in Afghanistan

    4. The Soviet Union (their direct neighbor until 1991) failed miserably to impose Communist in Kabul and fled like dogs after 10 years (1979-1989).

    5. Since Americans don’t care about history, George Bush did the same stupid thing and invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the NATO cover. 20 years later, the history repeats itself and the invaders can’t stay forever when they lost the war back in 2005 – A German NATO officer acknowledged that they had met the same “ferocious people” as did Alexander the Great and he was fired. 15 years later, the outcome is the same, the war should not have been launched in the first.

    Welcome to the Graveyard of the Great Empires!

  8. @Priss Factor

    Basic correlation causation misfire. Maybe it would be less erroneous to say that only dying empires are stupid enough to go fight in Afghanistan.

    This is Hollywood but it is pretty darn true:

  9. Jokem says:

    We can’t just ‘March Out’ as that tells the fanatics there that they won. They finally ‘drove’ us out.
    I object to calling it a ‘War’, no Declaration of War was issued by Congress.
    The Taliban kept their agreement as long as we had a ‘gun’ to their head, once we leave it remains to be seen if they will keep their word. After all, it is OK to lie to infidels.
    Keep in mind calling the Kabul Government corrupt is not exactly true. The people in that part of the world consider bribery to be a normal part of doing business, they call it ‘Backsheesh’. Over in the Western World this kind of thing has to be kept on the down low.
    As far as a quarter of a million people killed, that is part of war, to kill people and break things. But then it is not really a war, is it?
    As far as ‘marching out’, Ok with me as long as our parting words are, ‘If you harbor people who plan or carry out attacks on American Citizens, we will be back. Failing in that, we will need to keep the Special Forces there, hopefully to back up Kabul if they are about to be overwhelmed.

    • Replies: @Badger Down
    , @PJ London
  10. Patriot says:

    It doesn’t matter how many American soldiers die in this useless, meaningless, super expensive war. What’s most important is that Biden look strong and decisive.

  11. @Jokem

    Militant USers are slowly being squeezed out of Asia. They have killed millions of Asians. The USer is a strange man who crosses the world to murder people. It is a mental illness. Remember the US war in Laos?

  12. Dumbo says:

    Well… Maybe it’s just a useless place. Why would any empire *want* Afghanistan?

    It seems to be a total desolation in terms of resources, people, natural beauty…

    I don’t really know what this war is about. Maybe poppies for heroin? Maybe just military bases to keep an eye on China and Russia? Or are there some mineral riches somewhere?

    Or they just like their rich traditional culture, like bacha bazi?

    Or is just to keep up the spending for the military/industrial complex?

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  13. @Dumbo

    Afghanistan is a vital crossroads in the area, and one of the oldest urbanized areas. Very important too for future pipelines. Lots of mineral wealth as well.

    Personally, I think Afghan women (certain groups) are beautiful, and most of the region agrees.

    The Taliban also banned bacha bazi, so invading to restore it was probably a reason ; D

    Really though, the reason is what you alluded to. Vital staging areas against Iran, China and Central Asia. Controlling transit nodes. Preventing Eurasian unification. Drug money and laundering and trafficking. All of these reasons.

    Of course, none of them are good reasons for any modern empire to control Afghanistan. Far better to just invest in a company doing local business, but our elites are evil, and so, it is this way. Invade the world, Invite the World. Sell Heroin. Repeat.

    • Agree: showmethereal
  14. PJ London says:

    Typical puerile childish nonsense.
    But then you are dumb enough to believe that somebody in a cave in Afghanistan knocked down three NY buildings with two planes.

    “The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the U.S.” —
    Robin Cook, former British Foreign Secretary (Died of ‘heart attack’ whilst running on his own.)

    There have been NO terrorist attacks in USA!
    The only atrocities have been fomented, paid for and run by the FBI using mentally defective stooges.
    Now they are running the “Serial Killer” BS to justify removing handguns from the population.

    But then, I just bet that you are a veteran.

    “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” —
    Henry Kissinger.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  15. @Alfred Muscaria

    Afghanistan and Iraq have been unfortunate enough to border Iran, and they’re the first step in surrounding the soft underbelly of Russia. Having all three will expose the various ‘stans, and once they fall it’ll complete the encirclement of Russia – except for the China problem, but that’s a bridge to cross another day.

    Signed, The Empire.

  16. We can’t leave the ME because AIPAC says so….and AIPAC actually runs America.

  17. Jokem says:
    @PJ London

    Since you are lowering yourself to making pejorative comments, I can do that too.

    Go back on your meds…

  18. @Alfred Muscaria

    Yes – since it borders both Iran on one end and China on the other. It also allows for destabilization of Russia through Central Asia. That’s why the SCO was formed – to thwart US efforts.

  19. Anonymous[317] • Disclaimer says:

    “Mission Accomplished” was in reference to the ship’s crew, who were returning from a 6 month deployment.

    Educate yourself, Sir!

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