Monday, May 2, 2011

Countdown To Withdrawal

Bin Laden is dead. Ten years ago his terrorist network, Al Qaeda, murdered three thousand people by destroying New York's World Trade Center. He had been given a safe haven by the Taliban government of Afghanistan, so, under American leadership, NATO invaded the country and sent both the Taliban and Al Qaeda fleeing for the hills. Unfortunately, Afghanistan is 98 percent hills. The Taliban and Al Qaeda have remained at large, active from secret bases in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. Many, including military leaders, have admitted its a lost cause. Not enough troops. The Afghan leadership unpopular and corrupt. The reasons are many, but with Bin Laden at large there was no chance of withdrawal. Without the NATO presence the Taliban would retake control and Al Qaeda would be free to train and plan future attacks. For all the talk of nation building that's why we're still there. At the heart of the mission has always been 9/11 and Bin Laden. And now he's dead. How long until we withdraw?

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