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Saturday, October 10, 2020

The U.S. military was blindsided Thursday by President Donald Trump's assertion that all U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, with U.S. officials saying they are not aware of such a plan and have gotten no actual order to accelerate the more gradual pullout they've been executing.

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Yup.

Same thing happened in Syria. Twice, actually.

It was a pretty big pain in the ass.

#1 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-10 12:29 PM | Reply

"whoever is responsible for this deserves a medal"

twitter.com

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-10-10 01:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Putin and the Taliban are delighted.

#3 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-10-10 06:27 PM | Reply

I wonder how you say "Bagram Air Base" in Russian?

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-10 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I wonder how you say "Bagram Air Base" in Russian?"

Trump voyennyye aeroport

#5 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-10-10 06:50 PM | Reply

Just another Trumpy stink bomb.

By the end of the year Trumpy will be very busy scrambling for better lawyers in order to keep his fat --- out of prison.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-10 07:11 PM | Reply

Taliban endorses -------

www.newsweek.com

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-10-10 07:14 PM | Reply

"Bringing US troops home from Afghanistan before the job is done is dangerous."

The job will never be done. Get out and let the region deal with it. We should of done what ------ said long ago. "Flatten the place, declare victory, then leave.".

#8 | Posted by willowby at 2020-10-10 07:29 PM | Reply

#8

If we did that, it would be a waste of ordinance. As John McCain said, "we'd just make the rubble bounce".

#9 | Posted by willowby at 2020-10-10 07:32 PM | Reply

"we'd just make the rubble bounce"

Quite true. That's why President Bush had to go after Iraq. Afghanistan was supposed to be payback for 9/11 but there wasn't anything there worth blowing up. I don't think they had anything that would burn. Should have left as soon as bin Laden went overboard.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-10 07:54 PM | Reply

I love it. The right is now the biggest cheerleaders for abandoning the mess they made two decades ago.

You idiots are never right about anything. Ever.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-10 08:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Before long he will be promising free money and happy endings for everybody... anything to avoid the inevitable.....relocating to prison in 2021 for tax fraud.

#12 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-10-10 08:21 PM | Reply

#11

Do you think we should stay?

Once Obama got Bin Laden, we should have left.

#13 | Posted by willowby at 2020-10-10 10:41 PM | Reply

It's fascinating how the republicl0wns rewrite their cut and run policy...

To quote Rumsfeld... U.S.-led coalitions would win in Afghanistan and Iraq, but not without "a long, hard slog."

Ironic to see Trumpibunkerboi screw up a bad Bushturd policy... all because the cl0wns are tired of slogging... big oil is going to be disappointed.

#14 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-10-11 06:25 AM | Reply

What's funny is watching you liberals cheer for more war.

I dont want to hear ANY of you ever talk about the military industrial complex ever again. Here you are arguing for it.

For many years, most of you whined about pulling our troops out of far way lands with war. Now because Trump is doing it, you are against it..

Hypocrisy..

#15 | Posted by boaz at 2020-10-11 09:02 PM | Reply

Here you are arguing for it.

Not really. The US military has more than enough ---- it hasn't paid for as it is. The MIC is just there to make more stuff you don't need and can't pay for.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-11 09:13 PM | Reply

I wonder how you say "Bagram Air Base" in Russian?

#4 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2020-10-10 06:34 PM | FLAG:

It's bagram with cryllic letters than this comment section filters out.

In the 80s it was home to multiple Soviet divisions. How did that work out for the Russians again?

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-10-12 08:41 AM | Reply

I'll answer! It worked for the Russians as we as it has worked for us, a semi-permanent quagmire. Remember when we used to be against quagmires? Feels like it was just 4 years ago.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-10-12 08:42 AM | Reply

What's funny is watching you liberals cheer for more war.

I don't want more war. I want a planned, responsible withdrawal that's framed by the opinion of experts.

A hasty withdrawal announced on twitter with zero input from people who know what's going on is (a) unlikely to occur; and (b) could actually make the situation worse.

You, being a POS, like to characterize my desire to not see things get worse and my desire for a competent foreign policy as me wanting "more war." You are a despicable human being.

#19 | Posted by JOE at 2020-10-12 08:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't want more war. I want a planned, responsible withdrawal that's framed by the opinion of experts.

#19 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2020-10-12 08:55 AM | FLAG:

There's a broad consensus: The Taliban will station its forces for a broad offensive, declare the peace talks with the Afghan National Government which is already fractured, corrupt, and incompetent, have failed. Then they will launch the offensive and steamroll the ANG. It will be one-sided and we will help a handful of useful pawns escape to create a globally recognized Government-In-Exile.

The Taliban aren't stupid. They know Biden means political solutions that don't look bad for America. We're already used to permanent occupation. The cut & run optics are terrible so we won't be going down that road.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-10-12 01:00 PM | Reply

Hypocrisy..

#15 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Hypocrisy... Thy name is Boaz.

Asking for a measured and a planned withdrawal when we are ready and when Afghanistan is ready is NOT asking for more war.

Leaving without a plan and leaving a vacuum for taliban to fill is definitely asking for more war.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-12 01:12 PM | Reply

Asking for a measured and a planned withdrawal when we are ready and when Afghanistan is ready is NOT asking for more war.

#21 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2020-10-12 01:12 PM | FLAG:

The reality on the ground says otherwise. The Taliban are on the offensive in 8 province including one just south of Kabul. Not even a days drive. The word you're looking for to get what you want is "surge", and it will only get you that temporarily.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-10-12 01:59 PM | Reply

I (probably surprisingly to most of you) have a fairly close friend and colleague who is currently a Colonel in military intelligence. (He will almost certainly be a general within the next several years). After all his time in Afghanistan he reports that there is nothing the Afghans can do at this point in terms of treachery, betrayal and double-dealing that can surprise the US military anymore. The Afghans have been so consistently treacherous that no American officer trusts them beyond their own immediate self interest. From my friend's point of view, just like Alexander the Great and the Soviet Union, the USA entered a black hole when we went into that s***hole of a country.

#23 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-10-12 02:13 PM | Reply

The Taliban are religious conservatives that are against drugs and for traditional family values and guns.

Basically Mormons.

If the US can't beat them, join them.

#24 | Posted by bored at 2020-10-12 02:22 PM | Reply

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