I thought we invaded Afghanistan to fight Islamic terrorism and to try to prevent another September 11th. If part of doing so was to try to have the country adopt some democratic ideals to help build a stable society, so be it. I don’t think that the US should invest the lives of our young people and billion of dollars in trying to get equality for women and minorities in another country. It’s their country, not ours, and frankly none of our business. We should have taken decisive, forceful action in the beginning to take a stance on Islamic terrorism killing American citizens, and then we should have walked away.
I don’t care how or why we get out, just that we get out so we don’t ruin the future and lives of our service people. The money we spent on this war could be put to much better use in the USA. If Trump is the President that gets us out, well good for him. The idea is “winning a war” needs to go away. No one wins a war, everyone involved loses.
I''m very glad to get our people out of harm''s way. The futility of continuing combat became obvious many years ago. But this is not a peace treaty. It is a withdrawal agreement. It is between the US and the Taliban, only. This is what the Taliban have always wanted. Now they can pursue their goals unimpeded by a US presence. That is exactly what they will now do.
As someone who lived and worked in New York City on 9/11/01, I could not be more relieved to read this news. I hope the peace deal doesn’t fall apart and we can bring all of our troops home. Like Vietnam, we never should have invaded Afghanistan. War is rarely the answer to anything, even something as horrific as the 9/11 attacks. Let us work toward peace in everything we do on this beautiful planet.
So after 18 years, possibly a trillion or two , countless deaths and injuries what did we gain? We are leaving with what gain? Russia started in1979 and we gave weapons to defeat the Russians however then got caught in the quagmire. It is time to re examine prior explanations for cause and effect. I remember Sixty Minutes showing how extremism curtailed women’s rights and education . So much was lost for those rights. They still don’t have those rights. Yet so many were killed and injured.