I don't disagree with you regarding us getting out of Afghanistan. We should not be there. Unfortunately this President decided to escalate what was already a bad idea. Now the whole ME is on fire.Pernie, that hasn't worked so far, a quick look at the facts offers a reality check:
"Invaders in the history of Afghanistan include Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Timur, the Mughal Empire, Russian Tsars, the British Empire (twice), the Soviet Union, and currently a coalition force of NATO troops, the majority of which are from the United States, following the US-led invasion which began on October 7, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom."
Even mighty Soviet Russia withdrew after 10 years of bloodshed.
Don't you know American troops are being slaughtered to secure the pipeline routes for Big Energy companies?
"The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline (also known as TurkmenistanAfghanistanPakis tanIndia Pipeline, TAP or TAPI) is a proposed natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank. The pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India."
"At the end of 1990s, the American Unocal Corporation considered in addition to the Trans-Afghanistan Gas Pipeline building also a 1,000 miles (1,600 km) long 1,000,000 barrels per day (~5.0×10^7 t/a) oil pipeline to link Türkmenabat (former Chardzou), Turkmenistan to Pakistan's Arabian Sea Coast. Through the Omsk (Russia) Pavlodar (Kasakhstan) Shymkent Türkmenabat pipeline, it would provide a possible alternative export route for regional oil production from the Caspian Sea. The pipeline was expected to cost US$2.5 billion. However, due to political and security instability, this project was dismissed."
American should stop bombing the Muslim countries and withdraw our occupation forces now.
And yes, I realize that much of what we do is to secure oil from these countries.
If we opened the gates to more drilling here at home it would save the lives of American troops and bring them home. Those ME countries don't want us to do that. They play this game on both sides of the dividing line. It ain't just Big Oil, it's the financial lifeblood of the ME.