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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Afghan security forces fought back a huge Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country following a missed U.S. deadline to withdraw troops.

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What we are seeing is the legacy of George W. Bush play out. The man who was too lazy to get Osama bin Laden when he had the chance. This Taliban offensive is designed to keep us in Afghanistan, not hasten our leaving.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2021-05-04 09:14 AM | Reply

They launch an offensive every spring. They're solar powered.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-04 10:23 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

The US should announce discover of huge rare earth and uranium deposits in Afghanistan and then bug out.
Let China, Russia and Iran fight over it.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-05-04 12:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

That happened in 2007, discovered by the USGS. It has the raw ingredients to be the Saudi Arabia of lithium which is quite popular nowadays.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-04 02:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"...This Taliban offensive is designed to keep us in Afghanistan, not hasten our leaving. ..."

That was exactly my take on this. I suspect the Taliban did some calculations and decided that they are making greater gains on taking over that nation by playing up the USA presence. Lose that American presence and their task will be harder.

Hence this offensive.

#5 | Posted by prius04 at 2021-05-04 03:55 PM | Reply

"... It has the raw ingredients to be the Saudi Arabia of lithium which is quite popular nowadays. ..."

Not exactly. We are finding lithium deposits everywhere. And unlike oil, lithium is permanently recyclable so can be used over and over forever. The reason we haven't recycled the lithium in phones is because the phones hold such a small amount. Not true with car batteries.

So while lithium isn't worthless, it will never rise to the value that oil had. Not to mention that lithium may not even be the mineral we use for batteries in the future. We've barely touched the surface of what battery tech will hold for us in the future.

#6 | Posted by prius04 at 2021-05-04 03:57 PM | Reply

OH WOE IS US! THE MIGHTY TALIBAN IS BACK!!

Good god you sound like a fool. Afghanistan is the sh@tholiest of Sh@ithole countries. WHO CARES?

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-04 05:10 PM | Reply

#3

Drudgie Award nominee for honorary Secretary of Defense

Only if we can make a movie about it like Argo.

#8 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-05-04 05:27 PM | Reply

#3 | Posted by bored

There are HUGE rare earth deposits in Afghanistan. The Chinese locked up deals on them over a decade ago.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-05-04 07:00 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by prius04

Where is everywhere? I am only aware of a handful of locals. Afghanistan blows them all away. And btw there is a massive need for Lithium and shortages everywhere.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-05-04 07:02 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

I can think of a lot of people in NYC...

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-05-04 07:03 PM | Reply

The Chinese locked up deals on them over a decade ago.

The "deals" mean nothing after a war. And the Taliban will be loathe to honor agreements the government signed.

#12 | Posted by boaz at 2021-05-05 08:18 AM | Reply

The "people" of Afghanistan do not care who is in charge, they dont mind Taliban rule. Their culture is that harsh brand of Islam. Only those in power in Afghanistan care (The Prime Minister and his cabinet). That's why we should leave. Let the Taliban have it.

#13 | Posted by boaz at 2021-05-05 08:52 AM | Reply

Put the Taliban in charge of policing DC. In the event of the next Trump cult snowflake insurrection, they'd wipe them out in seconds. Imagine all the decapitated heads wearing MAGA hats littering the capitol mall.

#14 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-05-05 09:44 PM | Reply

The taliban aren't the brightest bunch.

they're giving biden legal justification to keep troops in Afganistan.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-05 09:49 PM | Reply

The Taliban know exactly what they are doing. It's the Americans who are the stupid ones.

#16 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-05-05 10:08 PM | Reply

The Taliban know exactly what they are doing.

Well they do live there...

#17 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-05-05 10:23 PM | Reply

In the event of the next Trump cult snowflake insurrection, they'd wipe them out in seconds. Imagine all the decapitated heads wearing MAGA hats littering the capitol mall.

They would be more interested in the gays and LGBTQ. Not a gay man, trans either would be able to keep their heads.

#18 | Posted by boaz at 2021-05-06 06:30 AM | Reply

Put the Taliban in charge of policing DC. In the event of the next Trump cult snowflake insurrection, they'd wipe them out in seconds. Imagine all the decapitated heads wearing MAGA hats littering the capitol mall.

#14 | POSTED BY NERFHERDER AT 2021-05-05 09:44 PM | FLAG:

You're a Republican infiltrator trying to get a lot of Democrats thrown off of rooftops.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-06 10:00 AM | Reply

"Put the Taliban in charge of policing DC."

Just vote the insurrectionists back into power.

Same, same.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-05-06 11:02 AM | Reply

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