Why are we still in Afghanistan and what is our mission?

@Taskr36 (13874)
United States
May 10, 2011 9:47pm CST
I think it was quite clear that the entire purpose of going to Afghanistan was to attack al Quaeda and kill bin Laden. Since that didn't happen for so long Bush started this stupid nation building crap after getting the Taliban out of power. You can't really build a nation out of a craphole like Afghanistan, but that's beside the point. We accomplished the mission. We killed bin Laden, and smacked down al Quaeda. It's time to bring our brave men and women home. The Taliban isn't our enemy. The only reason we fought them was that they were sheltering and protecting bin Laden. They've never attacked us outside of Afghanistan. Don't get me wrong, they're scumbags who treat women like animals and won't even let them learn to read. Since the people of Afghanistan never overthrew them though, it's clear that such an ideology was popular and won't change just because we installed a new, and weak, government. So why are we there? What is there left to do? What's the mission? Are we just so used to being at war that we don't know what to do after we win? After all, we've already seen Obama break his promise about bringing our troops home from Iraq. That was supposed to happen 16 months after he was elected. 16 months passed over a year ago and we still have troops there as well.
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@dark_joev (3044)
• United States
11 May 11
The Mission is simple to sit in that country until we have spent 99 Billion dollars on it then we can go home this is to be the money drain on the country for the next 10 years at least the same with Iraq to we need to have drainers on our Budget you know because we have that massive def...surplus of money to spend we can afford to start building nations in the Middle East and well just look at how well it has worked in the Past I mean look at how free Veitnam is or how much Iran is our ally I mean this nation building really gives great ROI Oh and incase anyone missed it that was sarcasm Why are we their no reason but sadly I think my above which was sarcasm is the true thinking of our government.
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@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
11 May 11
Yeah, I guess it's critical that we keep troops there during our war with Libya. Of course that's not really a war, it's just a no fly zone that includes bombing libraries and killing the dictator's son.
@gewcew23 (8013)
• United States
12 May 11
Pull them out as soon as possible, not much more I can say about that.
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@anniepa (24036)
• United States
12 May 11
WHY indeed! I say we should proclaim "Mission Accomplished" (for real this time) and get the he11 out of there. They don't want us there and they don't want us telling them how to live their lives, that's obvious. As a woman it infuriates me to know there are people who treat women and girls like they're treated in Afghanistan but apparently there's not much we can do about it. The Taliban was supposed to have been taken out but once we looked the other way for a moment they were right back in power and women's lives went back to being what they had been for years. We're in total agreement here, Taskr, mark this day on the calendar! I say let's bring our troops home from both Afghanistan and Iraq and use the billions we'll save in our own country. Annie
@anniepa (24036)
• United States
13 May 11
Me too! Annie
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
13 May 11
awwww, me too guys.
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@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
13 May 11
I do have one little thing to say, I think that now that we've gone in to Iraq and blown the he11 out of their country, we should at least stay and help clean up the mess. No troops, just send them some experts in infrastructure. I'd say the same for Afghanistan, but they REALLY don't want our presence there, not even to clean up the mess. Send our troops home and station those who still have time to serve at the north and south border. That's were all the terrorists are heading anyway.
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@sanjay91422 (2678)
• India
29 Jun 11
I think if the mission is accomplished then it will be good to get back from there. Killing the Osama is great and as someone said another one can take his place. I think in that the mission is not accomplished yet. So to keep a check on it it is necessary to keep the soldiers there. What do you think??
• United States
11 May 11
Well, Obama really just said that to get elected, if you ask me. We can't pull out of Afghanistan because of the oil in the Middle East. We need it too much. Yea, sure, we produce most of what we in America use here at home, but there is still the issue of world prices and such. If some radical group or something or other get a hold of any of the oil out there and hoard it, then because of the shorter supply the whole world ends up raising the prices, and so go up gas and other petroleum byproducts. That's economics for you, sometimes it's good, and some aspects just suck. We may not like it, but there really isn't much we can do about it. Now, on a side note, we could just invest in more sufficient/sustainable/and environmentally sound energy sources, but that's an entirely different subject.
@EvanHunter (4030)
• United States
11 May 11
I doubt we will ever leave not just because of the vast oil resources but other things like http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html Combine that with the money the military industrial complex is making and the fact that Americans are just too damn lazy to protest anything anymore to put political pressure on all the politicians to end it and you have what the Russians had ten years of war in Afghanistan with the only end in sight being we will be there till we go broke. The paranoid side of me wonders if that isn't the intent to begin with, maybe there is a group of elite individuals who want to rip the United States apart the same way that Russia fell apart after ten years of war.