Taliban Makes Rapid Gains in Afghanistan, U.S. Sends 3,000 Troops to Secure Drawdown of Embassy Staff

How do you feel about the situation in Afghanistan?

  • 592
    Joseph
    09/08/2021

    Check out the new docuseries, “Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror” on Netflix. It is an expansive and detailed historical study about HOW & WHY we got to 9/11, with an almost complete history of WHEN & WHY Afghanistan became a focal point for the American government and the American people. This 5 episode series explains so much and in such detail, afterwards you’ll know EXACTLY WHY we left Afghanistan, and WHY we should have left much sooner than August of 2021! It’s ALL there. And it’s ALL the TRUTH! The main idea I got out of it is this: Never go to war without a clear exit strategy that leaves the invaded country better than you found it. NOT doing so will be catastrophic!

  • 362
    Ukatsone
    08/20/2021

    Twenty years of lies about the war against terror. Our country lied to us about Vietnam and now they’ve lied about Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 2,468
    HockeyGuy
    08/17/2021

    What happened to US intelligence on the ground in Afghanistan? Was it good and ignored by the Biden Administration? Was US intelligence on the ground faulty and followed by the Biden Administration? Why didn’t we start the withdrawal by securing the airport with overwhelming firepower even if it meant sending in 20,000 troops? The only thing people in those areas of the world understand is the use of overwhelming power and use of force for those people who don’t comply. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire; as usual, everyone loses in war! Stay out of UNNECESSARY WARS!!!

  • 154
    Sam Jeffro
    08/17/2021

    its time to leven there the one who want to stay let them congressman and others like our leander let them go fight if thay will it time our young men come home and live let them fight there war. its bad when people want fight themself. we cnnt for the world

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    Charles
    08/17/2021

    Trump negotiated with the Taiban NOT including the Afghan government. 5,000 prisoners were released at the time. NOW it appears some of them are taking over the fallen leaders! We need to get all those that provided help to us out!!!!!

  • 277
    ed
    08/17/2021

    i do not trust any decision this disgraceful president makes. He is inept

  • 99
    Georgia
    08/17/2021

    This is a heartbraking situation for the Afghan people. It also shows why America's approach of doing everything by force is wrong-headed and must change. There's no 1 administration that's at fault here, it's years of terrible policy and it's particulary irksome that the republicans, who were just backing trump's pull-out from Afghanistan with the deal he brokered with the Taliban are now trying to lay blam on the Biden White House for something that was always going to happen. When Trump's White House took pressure off the Taliban to negotiate with Afghan leaders, the Pentagon’s inspector general noted in February that “The Taliban intends to stall the negotiations until U.S. and coalition forces withdraw so that it can seek a decisive military victory over the Afghan government.” Let's not forget that Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for forever war in the Middle East. A vote for Donald Trump is a vote to finally bring our troops home.” Mike Pompeo suggested the U.S. would have “zero” troops left in Afghanistan by spring 2021. Biden has been boxed in by Trump's agreemment and I don't think in this situation there would every be a good time to leave, it's a terrible situaion and the republicans are actively trying to re-write history here which is beyone the pale, even for them. The Republican National Committee has scrubbed from its website a section celebrating the deal the Trump administration cut with the Taliban and praising Trump for taking “the lead in peace talks as he signed a historic peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan, which would end America's longest war. Will they never learn?

  • 593
    Arnold
    08/17/2021

    Let the impeachment of Joe begin!

  • 1,003
    Deemax
    08/17/2021

    This was going to happen no matter who was in office!! I was one of those guys who felt we had no business being in the region in the first place. Being that we were in the region only for monetary gains disguised as helping the Afghan people.. It’s is now coming full circle.

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    604 PRINGLE AV SP 18,
    08/17/2021

    Biden and his Bidenatzi staff now have full title as the masters of the cluster F**K........IMPEACH BIDEN AND HIS WRECKING CREW...ASAP.....

  • 795
    Scott
    08/17/2021

    Biden is a big screw-up.

  • 204
    Bluewitsend
    08/17/2021

    We must not leave those who helped behind. We must honor our promises to do what we can to get them out . You must figure out a way.

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    Frank_001
    08/16/2021

    Read a NY Times article* presenting a short history of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan ordered by the George W. Bush Administration. Seems like an fairly unbiased accounting. The articles raises some specific questions about several judgement calls, for instance #1 “In December 2001, the Taliban’s spokesman offered an unconditional surrender, which was rejected by the United States. Nearly 20 years later, the United States is pleading with the Taliban to agree to a cease-fire and negotiate a political settlement with the U.S.-backed Afghan government.” Why was an unconditional surrender rejected? #2. “After routing the Taliban, the United States and NATO pivoted to rebuilding a failed state and establishing a Western-style democracy, spending billions trying to reconstruct a desperately poor country already ravaged by two decades of war, first during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s and then during the proceeding civil war.” Was this decision the real disaster? Who were put in charge of this seemingly admirable goal? What decisions, actions and inactions lead to failure? Was the goal too ambitious? Many say the installed Afghan leaders were corrupt is that true? If so why weren’t they removed years ago? We can ask many, many more questions. #3 "The Taliban rebuilt their fighting capabilities, despite a steady influx of American and NATO troops, who sought to win over Afghans with promises of new schools, government centers, roads and bridges." Who supplied the Taliban? #4. "By then (2014), the Pentagon had concluded that the war could not be won militarily and that only a negotiated settlement could end the conflict — the third in three centuries involving a world power. Afghan fighters defeated the British army in the 19th century and the Russian military in the 20th century." Chew on this. * "The Taliban's Takeover in Afghanistan: What to Know" - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/article/afghanistan-war-us.html

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    Brenda
    08/17/2021

    The USA made a promise to the people of Afghanistan that was broken. This is not unusual the government broke the treaty with the Indians and did not fulfill the promise to the slaves and to the black soldiers. This does not come as a big surprise. Can not trust the government. What is going to happen to all those that helped the US, to the women and young girls? I guess Biden does not care.

  • 458
    Linda
    08/17/2021

    The situation in Afghanistan makes me terribly sad. I'm sure I'm one of many who are horrified by the idea that people will be murdered for doing what they had to do to survive because it threatens a bunch of crazy people. BUT, the United States created this monster. We saw the utter futility of Russia and just went slam banging into precisely the same situation. Heads need to roll - military, intelligence, and every single advisor who advised this utterly self-serving stupid move into a country that is TRIBAL. How did ANYONE with a brain decide this would work? Just utter immoral and brainless behavior. There is no reason for America to become involved with these countries to take their natural resources. We have zero interest in the Afghan people, let's be honest. There would have been no Taliban had it not been for American interference for years and years. We are not good citizens, we are interfering little snots who believe that anything good for America is good for the world. Largest myth this country has ever spun. It is a terrible thing to see the chickens come home to roost.

  • 1,605
    Sandra
    08/16/2021

    I also agree with Michael J.L's comments......No matter how long we stayed and how many lives we lost to this "war" all we did was basically stem the tide......the Afhgans did not build a "sea wall" (if you will permit ) to keep things at bay......We were the sandbags but the Afghan did not build a strong unified government nor force. We were there for what.....20 years?....American's have wanted out of this "war" for a long time. Pulling out was the right thing to do but not before there was a plan set in motion to retrieve our allies. The previous Administration left the kurds to their own devices......how our allies in Afghanistan were not planned for, is unconscienable

  • 665
    verymary
    08/16/2021

    I'm heartbroken for our sick, sad country and our sick, sad world.

  • 1,423
    The Rev Dr Edward
    08/17/2021

    Constant warring in Afghanistan since 2001has produced absolutely no change. Their society and religion are too entrenched in ancient ways to change. We should have never gotten involved with their systems in the first place but just cut them off from the civilized world. No attempt to change Afghanistan over the centuries has ever succeeded.

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    Greg
    08/17/2021

    America is now being seen as weak and feeble as our commander in chief. What a royal screw up he is!

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    jimK
    08/16/2021

    We spent $2 Trillion on Afghanistan and lost 2000 American lives fighting for them. In other words, we spent a billion dollars for every American life sacrificed. There was no possible way to continue our role there. … … … Maybe without all the money floating around the Afghan leadership can begin to come together without the corrupting influence of big money and find a way to deal with the Taliban. Won’t happen very soon and it will be very hard, but I do hope the Afghan people can some day find their way to a non-totalitarian self governance,