And we should get out. We should have gotten out long ago. The mission is undefined, democratization as a goal was foredoomed, elimination of the Taliban is impossible, and we’re not fighting against Sharia oppression in any way. There is no point to being in Afghanistan and has not been for years. It is a criminal drain of American resources that does nothing in the final analysis but strengthen the global jihad.
“Protests, attacks hit Afghanistan in wake of massacre,” from MSNBC, March 13:
Thousands of people took to the streets in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday to protest the killing of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier, burning an effigy of Barack Obama and calling for the killer to be tried in Afghanistan.
Demonstrators in the city of Jalalabad chanted “Death to America — Death to Obama” and blocked the main highway to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported.
“Jihad (holy war) is the only way to get the invading Americans out of Afghanistan,” one banner read, according to the newspaper.
The demonstrators also demanded that President Hamid Karzai reject plans to sign a strategic pact with Washington that would allow U.S. advisers and possibly special forces to remain beyond a 2014 deadline for foreign combat troops to leave Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, militants attacked an Afghan government delegation that was visiting the site of the killings, the BBC reported.
“I can confirm that the Taliban have launched an attack from several directions against a government delegation,” a senior official told the BBC. “At this stage, our forces are returning fire.”…
The Afghan Taliban threatened on Tuesday to behead U.S. troops in revenge for the massacre.
Taliban vows ‘revenge’ after US soldier kills 16 civilans in Afghanistan
“The Islamic Emirate once again warns the American animals that the mujahedeen will avenge them, and with the help of Allah will kill and behead your sadistic murderous soldiers,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an emailed statement, using the term with which the Islamist group describes itself.