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The Vietnam Syndrome is alive and well in the United States. An outright withdrawal without something to point to as a victory or success would be demonized as total failure. You are correct about Osama. Unfortunately, by the time the SEALs got to him on Obama's watch, he was long past his shelf-life as a 'victory kill.' If Bush had done it in the first few years, I think it would have been a good point to say 'mission accomplished.' But after ten+ years, the US is in too deep for one kill to make that much of a difference.Keefy wrote:That is exactly what I mean though, Seph. Had Bush not gone to war with someone over it, it seems highly unlikely that he would have been re-elected. The war with Afghanistan did more to win approval ratings in an electoral campaign than provide any long-term foreign policy benefits. The morality of using a military conflict to win an election aside, it seems peculiar that the US have elected to remain there for so long. Frankly, after the election was won, I would've expected them to pull out then - and if not then certainly following the death of Osama.
SOLDIERofficer81 wrote:We've touched on this before and I am still in favor of the US putting itself behind a few heavily fortified perimeters from where it can strike anywhere in Afghanistan if necessary. From there, the US needs to stop the foolish quest of nationbuilding (which might have been possible after the Sov adventure in Afghan) and take a page from the British. Time for the US to dominate Afghanistan by dividing the Afghans, playing them off each other and being the biggest kid on the block.
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