Afghan soldier kills US general, wounds about 15

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  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    The Iraq and the Afghanistan wars were NEVER really about dictating democracy as the left loves to proclaim. These wars were about defeating a global ideological self proclaimed enemy (al Qaida and all their affiliates) that attacked us numerous times and will continue to attack us! There are not "on the run" and are not going away. The truth is due to Obama's weakness, they are gaining strength. We defeated them in Iraq but Obama squandered the victory just like he is doing in Afghanistan. Obama's dealing with these jihadists reminds me of a young woman I know who suffers frequent domestic abuse from her live-in boyfriend. He has her believing that if SHE wouldn't irritate him so much, he wouldn't be forced to beat her so often. President Bush correctly understood we had to stop the abuser by force or the abuse will only worsen, which it most certainly has and certainly will worsen. Brace yourself America, we will be hit again and again and when Iran gets nukes, it will get very ugly!

  • PacificCreek Puyallup, WA
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:43 p.m.

    Democracy cannot be dictated to another country. We should have learned that lesson in vietnam. If a country isn't willing to fight to have their freedom on their own then the US can't provide it for them.

    I'm not sure what the answer is in Afghanistan but from talking to soldiers who have served there I'm not sure the US can make a huge difference. 10 years from now things will not have changed much there unless the Afghanis decide to do it internally.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    There is nothing further we can do to inhibit the 7th century barbarians from reimposing rule over their own and their enemy tribes. We tried our very best to bring civilization, learning, and self governance, but their traditions reject all that as foreign infidel nonsense. They are content in their ceaseless tribal warfare, stopping only long enough to temporarily unite against outsiders, as the Russians discovered, and we have confirmed.

    Afghanistan is not worth the blood of even one more American. Likewise it is not worth another dollar either in military assistance, humanitarian aid, economic development or anything else. Let the Muslim countries spend their oil wealth if they like, but we are too deep in debt to waste money we don't have on worthless fantasies.

    I extend my sincere thanks to the brave and hard working American troops and their families who sacrificed attempting to do the impossible. Especially those who paid the ultimate price, sadly for no purpose it has turned out.

    Declare victory tonight and pull out tomorrow and let the Afghans fight each other again instead of Americans.