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Taliban will retake Afghanistan

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Submitted by Leonard Markowitz (United States), May 7, 2011 at 17:56

It was necessary to be in Afghanistan to punish the Taliban for 9/11. It is now also necessary for us to withdraw completely. Continuing the battle against the Taliban in Pakistan is a losing proposition. Our attempt to build an effective Afghani fighting force to replace us is not possible. The Kharzai government is incompetent and corrupt. The best that we can hope for is for the Afghani warlords to recruit their own fighting forces to combat the Taliban when they attempt to retake Afghanistan. The cost of human life and dollars for the US is not worth the battle there. When the indigenous population cannot or will not effectively fight to save their country, there is nothing we can do to salvage anything from our effort. This was true in South Vietnam and it's now true in Afghanistan. Pakistan is convinced that when we leave, the Taliban will retake Afghanistan, hence their non-cooperation with us.

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