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Mattis Calls for Help in Ending War in Afghanistan: ‘40 Years is Enough’

Mattis Calls for Help in Ending War in Afghanistan: ‘40 Years is Enough’ by Tal Axelrod - The Hill

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Monday called for the international community to help end the war in Afghanistan and aid regional leaders in their efforts to bridge longstanding disagreements, saying that conflicts in Afghanistan have now gone on for “40 years.”

 

“In Afghanistan, it’s gone on now it’s approaching 40 years; 40 years is enough, and it’s time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations, support [Indian] Prime Minister Modi, support [Afghan] President Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here. So, we are on that track,” Mattis told reporters ahead of a meeting with his Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman.

 

The U.S. has had a military presence in Afghanistan for 17 years, since 2001, when it removed the Taliban government from power, but Afghanistan has been in conflict since the late 1970s when U.S.-backed Afghan guerrillas repelled the Soviet Union from the country in a nine-year war…

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The 40- year conflict -- which SecDef Mattis appears to be referring -- relates to:

a.  The Soviets/the communists attempts to transform Afghanistan more along alien and profane political, economic, social and/or value lines during beginning in 1979/1980 and

b.  The U.S./the West's attempts to transform Afghanistan more along (our) alien and profane political, economic, social and/or value lines since 2001/2003. 

Thus:

a.  To end these such "transformational" wars,

b.  Should the "transformation of others"-driven U.S./the West -- much like the "transformation of others"-driven Soviets/commuists before us --

c.  Simply go home?

(40 years of such -- alien and profane transformation attempts -- indeed being "enough?")