In the New York Times, July 29, 2018 article: “New Tactic in Afghanistan Urges Retreat,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/28/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-strategy-retreat.html) examines U.S armed forces being centralized in the heaviest population centers, the cities. The purpose is to protect military forces from attacks at isolated and vulnerable outposts, focusing on protecting cities and other populated areas. Does anyone remember Vietnam, where the U.S. withdrew to the populated areas and lost the war? Does anyone remember the U.S. approved South Vietnamese President who refused to understand his precariousness of his position in curbing political corruption. If the U.S. is unable to motivate the rural population to support our puppet government, the war is lost. On a better note, in the San Francisco Chronicle, July 29, 2018, article: “Taliban, U.S. diplomat discuss peace talks,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Taliban-US-diplomat-discuss-peace-talks-13113409.php) examines how peace talks are finally taking place with the Taliban. Great, only been 17 years, billions of U.S. dollars, thousands of American and Afghan lives for nothing. Time to:
1. Write your congress person and let them know, there is no shame in leaving when you have lost. Vietnam now makes U.S. sneakers.
2. Take whatever deal the Taliban offer as long as they stay within Afghan borders persecuting their own people.
3. Withdraw all U.S. forces if our puppet government fails to cooperate and leave them to their fate.