The U.S. military launched airstrikes against targets in Kunduz, Afghanistan on Tuesday, just a day after Taliban fighters caught the Army, the Afghan National Security Forces, and local security forces off guard by staging a massive military offensive to capture the key northern city.
Democracy does not come out of the barrel of a gun--unless it is held by a person who wants it badly.
How far is it from there to Saigon?
Not physically, I am thinking the other measure of space-time.
It's hard to see that there are any "good guys" in this fight. Corrupt boy rapists on one side, religious fanatic totalitarians on the other. However it turns out, the biggest losers are going to be the women of the country. Sad.
Well, there go the poppy fields...
Little resemblance to Saigon, the north Vietnamese were a legitimate nationalist force where as the Taliban are a tool for Pakistani ISI. The Taliban are a religious hardliner mercenary force armed and supported by the Pakistani military. These people were made homeless and jobless by the American and Russian invasions over the last 35 years. If one wants to defeat the Taliban they would have to deal directly with their sponsors, the Pakistani military and indirectly with the CIA.
"Little resemblance to Saigon, the north Vietnamese were a legitimate nationalist force where as the Taliban are a tool for Pakistani ISI. The Taliban are a religious hardliner mercenary force armed and supported by the Pakistani military."
Propaganda much. So, there was no occupation of their country by a cruel and ruthless alien force from halfway around the world? There was no Mccrystal and JSOC death squads killing and maiming through out Afghanistan? Blackholes in Baghram airbase where once proud Afhgan men were yanked around by their beards in between torture sessions.
No, the according to your incredibly ignorant assertion, those Taliban rebels who are constantly undertaking suicidal missions are doing it for money from the ISI. Listen, the ISI and the Taliban's interests coincide - Taliban needs all the help they can get and a safe (relatively speaking) base in the Pakistani tribal (tribal as in Pashtun tribes) territory and ISI needs to prevent hostile India from surrounding them.
Now, to be clear, I have no love for the anachronistic and reactionary politics of the Taliban but to call one of the most resilient, resourceful and courageous irregular fighting force the world over "mercenaries" is, well, ignorant. The fact that no one capitalized on the late Mullah Omar's multi million dollar bounty would invalidate your "mercenary" b.s.
You've just summed up war in general over the past ten millennia...
Im afraid the Taliban was in control of Afghanistan back in the 90's. They were indeed a consequence of a brutal occupation and trained in madrasses in Pakistan...but the occupiers were Russians.They are not motivated by money as far as anyone can tell, but by religious fanaticism. Im sure they will control most of the country soon.
Our poor naive and history-deficient presidents. I guess at Harvard, Columbia and Yale they just don't teach about "the graveyard of empires" anymore.