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onetexan

(12,916 posts)
Fri Aug 27, 2021, 12:19 AM Aug 2021

General Petreaus on Afghanistan: This collapse, while it seems sudden, has been years in the making.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/26/politics/what-matters-afghanistan-explainer/ind

This collapse, while it seems sudden, has been years in the making. Bergen asked Petraeus if peace negotiations with the Taliban over the past three years set the stage for all of this.
"Yes, at least in part," Petraeus said. I'll break his detailed answer into parts:
"First, the negotiations announced to the Afghan people and the Taliban that the US really did intend to leave (which also made the job of our negotiators even more difficult than it already was, as we were going to give them what they most wanted, regardless of what they committed to us).
"Second, we undermined the elected Afghan government, however flawed it may have been, by not insisting on a seat for it at the negotiations we were conducting about the country they actually governed.
"Third, as part of the eventual agreement, we forced the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban fighters, many of whom quickly returned to the fight as reinforcements for the Taliban. Fourth, the commitment gave President Biden an additional justification/excuse to do what he wanted to do -- leave."
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General Petreaus on Afghanistan: This collapse, while it seems sudden, has been years in the making. (Original Post) onetexan Aug 2021 OP
I notice he doesn't draw the timeline of "years in the making" far enough back to include himself. RockRaven Aug 2021 #1
Lol. Gave Biden an excuse. He didn't need an excuse. This was a corrupt money making scheme Scrivener7 Aug 2021 #2
Bingo - K&R onetexan Aug 2021 #5
I notice he used "We" on more than one occasion where he should bullwinkle428 Aug 2021 #3
spot on. Ironic isn't it? onetexan Aug 2021 #4

RockRaven

(14,589 posts)
1. I notice he doesn't draw the timeline of "years in the making" far enough back to include himself.
Fri Aug 27, 2021, 12:22 AM
Aug 2021

Weird, huh?

Scrivener7

(50,325 posts)
2. Lol. Gave Biden an excuse. He didn't need an excuse. This was a corrupt money making scheme
Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:45 AM
Aug 2021

from the beginning, and getting out was the right decision.

bullwinkle428

(20,625 posts)
3. I notice he used "We" on more than one occasion where he should
Fri Aug 27, 2021, 08:07 AM
Aug 2021

have used "Trump", if he really wanted to be accurate.

...we undermined the elected Afghan government...

...we were going to give them what they most wanted, regardless of what they committed to us...

...we forced the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban fighters...


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