A top general who was just nominated to command American forces in the Middle East has basically said that no progress is being made in the Afghan war.
The fight in Afghanistan is at a stalemate, and the significant number of Afghan troop deaths in the war is not sustainable, the Marine officer nominated to command U.S. forces in the Middle East told lawmakers on Tuesday.
Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie warned the Senate Armed Services Committee against an abrupt withdrawal of American forces or change in strategy despite frustration over the status of the 17-year conflict. He said he doesn’t know how long it will take to develop an Afghan force capable of defending its own country.
“If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they would be able to successfully defend their country,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie said the U.S. and its allies need to keep helping the Afghans recruit and train forces to fight the Taliban’s estimated 60,000 troops.
“They’re fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct this problem,” McKenzie said, in one of the U.S. military’s more dire assessments of the Afghan losses.
What the fuck are we still doing over there? It’s been 17 years since Bush 43 ordered the invasion and these asshole generals just can’t figure out how to win the war. The whole situation is insane. All forces should be withdrawn. There’s no legitimate reason for American military forces to be there. We’re wasting blood and treasure for nothing. Who gives a fuck if the puppet Afghan government can’t defend itself. If we’re afraid of terrorists coming over here, just ban anybody with an Afghanistan passport from entering the United States.
Of course the real reason Afghanistan was invaded in the first place is largely because the American military presence in the region benefits Israel. All the shit about Osama Bin Laden was just an excuse. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were meant to isolate Iran and sandwich them in between two countries with American military assets.
A truce should be negotiated and we should leave. We have no business there. But fuck, what do I know. Maybe if we’re there for another 100 years, the war can finally be won.