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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

69% of Vets support leaving Afghanistan

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Editor  -  How many decades are we supposed to fight in Afghanistan? and for what? Afghanistan has been a crap-hole for 4,000 years. But I am just a crazy Blogger. What do I know?

After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, a comfortable majority of American veterans say they would support a decision by President Donald Trump to pull all U.S. troops out of the country, according to a survey released Monday by a Washington think tank.

The joint poll from RealClearPolitics and the Charles Koch Institute, a libertarian-oriented research organization, found that more than half of Americans are skeptical of continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, an assessment that is even more common among veterans.

According to the survey, 53 percent of Americans do not believe Washington has a clear strategic objective in the Afghanistan War. About 60 percent of veterans feel the same way. 

An even greater share of respondents believe the U.S. should either reduce or totally withdraw American troops in Afghanistan within five years, the poll found. Among all Americans, 63 percent support the idea, and 64 percent of veterans agree.

If Trump were to order a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan today, 69 percent of veterans would support the move, according to the survey.

“After nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, Americans — including veterans — rightly recognize the war has not been going well and that we are strategically adrift,” William Ruger, vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, said in a statement. “It is little wonder that a majority of Americans think we ought to decrease troop levels or even bring all of our forces home. The president should pay more attention to the American people’s realistic take than wishful thinking ‘experts’ who argue we need to stay the course.”

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Officers of the 10th Hussars at Jellalabad - 1879
South West of Jellalabad in North Eastern Afghanistan.
The wars go on and on without end.
See The Battle of Futtehabad.

The British fought three Afghan wars.  It changed nothing, Afghanistan stayed the same.  But it did make the politicians and companies that make weapons feel better.

Pashtun Warriors Anglo Afghan War (1878–1880)
Even if the Afghan war ends you need not worry.
 Either next year or in ten years the politicians will find some "vital" issue and go into another war somewhere.  The dead and wounded vets from the old war will be forgotten as our leaders seek glory on some new battlefield. 
Read More: Anglo-Afghan War

Maiwand, Afghanistan 1880
British Officers with Captured Cannon, Second Anglo-Afghan War, 1880.  
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
See The Battle of Maiwand.

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