Friday, February 28, 2014

The New York Times on why US occupation of Afghanistan can't end

"Military commanders and policy experts say that without a remaining core of Western troops to support the Afghan government and continue training the security forces, the chances are high that significant swaths of the country will fall back under Taliban control, just as they were before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

After the blood and sweat of the past 13 years of war, that potential return to old realities is seen as a particularly bitter pill."  Colonial powers always sacrifice for the benefit of the natives. It is almost tear jerking.