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Friday, October 7, 2011

10 Straight Years Of Permawar

Oct 7th, 2011

via The Kansas City Star
Photo by Darren Stevenson
"For America, the Afghanistan war turns 10 years old today.

For many it has seemed never-ending, no less so for the Afghans, who are now in their third decade of conflict.

The arguments for U.S. boots on the ground remain unchanged: Deny the terrorist tribes a homeland from which to strike again. But for many, the goals of crushing the Taliban and fostering democracy in Afghanistan seem further away than in 2001.

A former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the U.S. military had a “frighteningly simplistic” understanding of the place it invaded, which helps explain why the war lasted 10 years."

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