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2019-08-22 Afghanistan
'Not Fair India Not Fighting Terror in Afghanistan.' - Trump
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Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 11:29|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [361 views ]  Top

#1 Something happened to this post. It previewed fine but it's blank now. Should I post again ?
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 13:39||   2019-08-22 13:39|| Front Page Top

#2 Let me take a look, Dron66046. In the meantime, the link itself works just find, so our readers can go directly to the article.
Posted by trailing wife 2019-08-22 14:01||   2019-08-22 14:01|| Front Page Top

#3 Fixed. Perhaps it was hit by a stray gamma ray when you submitted it, my dear.
Posted by trailing wife 2019-08-22 15:04||   2019-08-22 15:04|| Front Page Top

#4 Thanks, TW.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 15:57||   2019-08-22 15:57|| Front Page Top

#5 We just happened to convince the US that a pullout would doom the entire region. But I see India's insistence as coming more from an attitude that assumes 'the US created this mess in the first place, so it should stay and handle it for as long as it takes'.

While we bicker internally over kickbacks from arms contracts, posture about 'scaring off Pakistain', and rally around our shallow domestic victories, the world around us burns.

It's about time we entered this fray, gave our boys-in-perpetual-training some real action, earned some real xp. For now it's only been cloak-and-dagger and diplomatic one-ups with mediocre neighbours. I know we're good for it, but the Indian leadership has never really wanted a powerful military, or foreign policy to be 'besmirched' by our hands. No, that is to remain the province of pencil necks in Delhi and UN ass kissers trained in Harvard.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 16:17||   2019-08-22 16:17|| Front Page Top

#6 India has enough problems with Kashmir, Pakistan and China.

Afghanistan doesn't fuck with them too much.
Posted by DarthVader 2019-08-22 16:29||   2019-08-22 16:29|| Front Page Top

#7 "Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting it very little. Very, very little. It's not fair."

I'd understood Pakistan was making a major effort in the war.... just not on our side.

Also we frequently take the burden from the locals so we can control the war, and to ensure the locals are not caught up in the conflict when it comes time to deal with lasting peace treaties. I'm not saying this is right, but it has been our way since WW2.
Posted by ruprecht 2019-08-22 16:29||   2019-08-22 16:29|| Front Page Top

#8 India covertly fights the Pakistain ISI which supports and supplies the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban, and a couple of other splinter factions that collectively form the opium-jihad nexus across the Durand Line. But Indian policy itself is non-committal, non-confrontational and only targets Pak elements when an Indian investment or joint venture is at risk.

The lamentable banality of the Afghan condition is in the fact that it's a terminally muslim condition. You can help that only so much, and that too is a thankless job.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 16:51||   2019-08-22 16:51|| Front Page Top

#9 The lamentable banality of the Afghan condition is in the fact that it's a terminally muslim condition. You can help that only so much, and that too is a thankless job.-- Dron66046

I would argue that it is a case of tribalism. Take away the Baluchis (Baluchistan proto-state) and the Pashtun majority in the center and what do you have left? Answer: a lot of small factions that don't like being lorded over by either of the above. How can you *fix* that?
Posted by magpie 2019-08-22 17:02||   2019-08-22 17:02|| Front Page Top

#10 arm them
Posted by Frank G 2019-08-22 19:38||   2019-08-22 19:38|| Front Page Top

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