Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’

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ScienceChic created the topic: Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’ 04 Dec 2018 15:44 #1

Pretty much everyone I've ever spoken to about this topic agrees with this sentiment; the questions remain of can it be done and how (in a way that doesn't make life worse for civilians or the region more unstable)?

Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’
BY TAL AXELROD - 12/04/18 08:38 AM EST

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Monday called for the international community to help end the war in Afghanistan and aid regional leaders in their efforts to bridge longstanding disagreements, saying that conflicts in Afghanistan have now gone on for “40 years.”

“In Afghanistan, it’s gone on now it’s approaching 40 years; 40 years is enough, and it’s time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations, support [Indian] Prime Minister Modi, support [Afghan] President Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here. So, we are on that track,” Mattis told reporters ahead of a meeting with his Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman.


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ramage replied the topic: Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’ 04 Dec 2018 15:54 #2

Pretty simple. Pack up and leave. Did it in Vietnam. 40 yrs later American tourism is booming in Vietnam.

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homeagain replied the topic: Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’ 04 Dec 2018 20:55 #3

ramage wrote: Pretty simple. Pack up and leave. Did it in Vietnam. 40 yrs later American tourism is booming in Vietnam.


Vietnam is NOT the middle east (read oil, money, and TRIBES) the culture,resources and overall
complex relationship within the middle east is NOT even close......your simple statement is lacking in it;s validity........JMO However I do agree it is a lost battle that we should have NEVER
entered into.

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ramage replied the topic: Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’ 05 Dec 2018 20:33 #4

Afganistan is not the Middle East, nor is oil exported from that country. Rather, "
More than US$ 3 trillion in rare earths and precious metals under Taliban feet." Asianews.it 2/18/2011. Vietnam has as more ethnic groups as Afganistan, i.e. tribes. Money: GDP Vietnam $205 Billion, Afganistan 19+ billion.
My statement was written to be succinct, but I am happy to correct your misrepresentations with further explanation.
We do agree that the US should not have gone into Afganistan and that is what is of importance.

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homeagain replied the topic: Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’ 05 Dec 2018 21:09 #5

ramage wrote: Afganistan is not the Middle East, nor is oil exported from that country. Rather, "
More than US$ 3 trillion in rare earths and precious metals under Taliban feet." Asianews.it 2/18/2011. Vietnam has as more ethnic groups as Afganistan, i.e. tribes. Money: GDP Vietnam $205 Billion, Afganistan 19+ billion.
My statement was written to be succinct, but I am happy to correct your misrepresentations with further explanation.
We do agree that the US should not have gone into Afganistan and that is what is of importance.


www.britannica.com/place/Middle-East
Check the link... because the countries are so interlocked with each other I think you will find that Afghanistan IS considered within a broader definition.......

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Brandon replied the topic: Mattis calls for help in ending war in Afghanistan: ‘40 years is enough’ 06 Dec 2018 08:58 #6

ramage wrote: Vietnam has as more ethnic groups as Afganistan, i.e. tribes.


Something must be getting lost in translation from English to russian and back. You couldn't possibly be suggesting that the recent history of tribal conflict in Afghanistan can be compared to Vietnam.

ramage wrote: Money: GDP Vietnam $205 Billion, Afganistan 19+ billion.


This is meaningless without context.

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