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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

President Joe Biden, having concluded there is no military solution to the security and political problems plaguing Afghanistan and determined to focus on more pressing national security challenges, will formally announce Wednesday that US troops will withdraw from the country before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, a senior administration official said.

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20 years of failure at great cost. The US will go broke before it learns its lesson.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2021-04-13 12:38 PM | Reply

Thank a Republicant.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-04-13 02:53 PM | Reply

Yeah.Right. I'll believe it when the last troops are gone and no new ones redeployed, not before.

America is too addicted to war to quit cold turkey.

If we leave Afghanistan,we will start a new war in Russia or somewhere else,we can't do without a war..... somewhere?

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-04-13 04:19 PM | Reply

At 20 years Time in Service, the war decided it was time to hang up the boots and retire.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-04-13 08:20 PM | Reply

Pat Tillman approves of your comment.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-13 11:45 PM | Reply

Headline fail should read before September 11th.

Stupid W held us back at Tora Bora when we could have killed Bin Laden

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2021-04-14 01:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Stupid W held us back at Tora Bora when we could have killed Bin Laden

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2021-04-14 01:04 AM

That was a pizzer! CIA officer Gary Berntsen had him in his sights .. with Al Qaeda's senior leadership.

What would W & Cheney have done if Bin Laden was dead? There would have gone the plan to invade Iraq, which was presented to the NSC Feb 2001, long before 9/11 happened (See Paul O'Neill's book).

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-14 01:22 AM | Reply

So...I spent a year over in the desert doing targeting. I probably went over more than 100k serialized intelligence reports while I was there. I may have seen Al Qaeda mentioned once or twice, but if the goal was to defeat AQ in Afghanistan...it's been a success. They're not there anymore. I don't know that they are anywhere anymore in any meaningful way.

#8 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-04-14 02:30 AM | Reply

Joe goes with Trump Afghanistan policy. I admit I didn't see it coming.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-14 07:52 AM | Reply

Russia pulled out of Afghanistan after nearly 10 years.

20 years is long enough.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-14 07:55 AM | Reply

Was everybody so supportive of Trump when he tried to pull out? Asking for a friend...

Many people here went nuts over it and he absolutely had to support the Afghans and negotiate a stable exit.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-14 08:09 AM | Reply

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg

During the 2016 campaign, Trump said he'd pull us out. Over 4 years later, and after nearly 20 years of blood and treasure, it's time someone did.

And to think that had Bush done two things differently - accepted help from Middle East countries to rid Afghanistan of Al Qaeda, and allowed the CIA to take Bin Laden and senior Al Qaeda leadership out in Tora Bora - it would have been an entirely different situation. But taking Bin Laden out in Tora Bora would have put the kibosh on their plans to invade Iraq, which were rolled out by Cheney to the NSC in February 2001, per Paul O'Neill's account.

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-14 08:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

So much for Dotards claim that Sleepy Joe will keep the troops there forever.

#13 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-04-14 08:46 AM | Reply

#12...the entire Bush mid east strategy was based on invading Iraq to get the oil fields for the oil companies.

#14 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-04-14 08:49 AM | Reply

During the 2016 campaign, Trump said he'd pull us out. Over 4 years later, and after nearly 20 years of blood and treasure, it's time someone did.

#12 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY AT 2021-04-14 08:19 AM | FLAG:

and The Swamp pitched a fit and he rolled over and gave up on it. Not quite Covid levels of pathetic, but definitely up there.

Biden campaigned on the opposite though. I'm not mad at it, but the speed of that turn around is remarkable.

The CIA decapitating them at Tora Bora is unlikely. The local militia escorted them out of Tora Bora. The only reasonable way was to buy them from the Taliban before that, who would have paid off the local militia for us.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-14 08:49 AM | Reply

Guys...didn't you read #8

AQ is gone. They may be somewhere, but they sure as hell aren't in Afghanistan.

#16 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-04-14 11:52 AM | Reply

This should be the main headline on the front page, not the death of some old -------.

#17 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-04-14 12:47 PM | Reply

"Joe goes with Trump Afghanistan policy. I admit I didn't see it coming."

I keep telling everyone that Joe is a ninja. He's also not a petty child who will go against or undo every single thing his predecessor did just because.

#18 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-04-14 12:51 PM | Reply

The CIA decapitating them at Tora Bora is unlikely. The local militia escorted them out of Tora Bora. The only reasonable way was to buy them from the Taliban before that, who would have paid off the local militia for us.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Berntsen could SEE them. His desperate requests for Army Rangers and air support were turned down.

#19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-14 03:35 PM | Reply

#11 Was everybody so supportive of Trump when he tried to pull out? Asking for a friend...

I think we all wish Trump pulled out instead of making jr.

As a general rule I assume anything Trump wants to do is either illegal, fattening or under age.

#20 | Posted by bored at 2021-04-14 03:51 PM | Reply

#19 escorted by that militia who we would have to slaughter in the process. Ww2 values would have done it without blinking but we moved on from that.

Should have just bought them.

#21 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-14 04:47 PM | Reply

"#19 escorted by that militia who we would have to slaughter in the process."

No surgical strikes?

:(

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-14 04:59 PM | Reply

If true, good!

#23 | Posted by Karabekian at 2021-04-14 06:04 PM | Reply

Bring all foreign troops home, or else start charging the countries we defend a fee for protecting them. The US shouldn't be the world's unpaid police force and the US taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill. ---- the freeloaders.

#24 | Posted by jakester at 2021-04-14 09:38 PM | Reply

#24 US Troops are mostly defending US military assets around the world. No US troops on foreign soil, no US naval bases or airports on foreign soil. No force projection. No sweet resource extraction deals for US companies.

#25 | Posted by bored at 2021-04-14 10:19 PM | Reply

When Bush for all intents and purposes abandoned Afghanistan to fight the war in Iraq (which had nothing to do with Al Qaeda, and was planned long before 9/11), the U.S. allowed the Taliban to regain territory and terrorize villagers.

Just as Bush's daddy did in Iraq after the Gulf War when he called on Iraqis to rebel against Saddam, which they did, and then left them to be slaughtered by the Republican Guard, W double crossed the Afghanis and left them little reason to trust us. Thus, 20 years on, Afghanistan will likely fall to the Taliban.

#26 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-15 05:31 AM | Reply

No surgical strikes?

#22 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-04-14 04:59 PM | FLAG:

A surgical as blowing up a wedding.

#27 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-15 07:42 AM | Reply

A surgical as blowing up a wedding.
#27 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

Which we did on numerous occasions, so why not at Tora Bora?

It's because George W. Bush never wanted to kill OBL, but rather, wanted a prolonged show of force on Russia's doorstep, right?

George W Bush wanted to be a War President, and you don't get that if your war is over as quickly as his daddy's dalliance in Panama.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-15 09:43 AM | Reply

Which we did on numerous occasions, so why not at Tora Bora?

#28 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-04-15 09:43 AM | FLAG:

After they got away. Lesson learned right?

#29 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-15 09:49 AM | Reply

There's a difference between "they got away" and "we let them go."

But maybe not to a freshly minted Democrat?

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-15 09:52 AM | Reply

A difference without a distinction.

He got away/we let them go, during Operation Infinite Reach also. Missile strikes when he wasn't there and called it quits when the ME got mad.

#31 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-15 09:55 AM | Reply

At least we're potentially withdrawing, maybe, in a massively stunning reversal of Biden campaign promises.

#32 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-04-15 09:57 AM | Reply

This is not something I can agree with. The country needs to be stabilized before we pull out. Otherwise, it will be just like when the Soviets left the first time.

#33 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-04-15 12:23 PM | Reply

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