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Show Of Hands January 10th, 2013 12:00am

Should the U.S. withdraw 100% of our troops from Afghanistan, or leave a few thousand behind for training and security?

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01/16/13 8:02 am

Their stated reason for attacking us was troops in Muslim nations.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
01/13/13 8:35 pm

Is your memory really THAT short??!! How about a little thing called the September 11th attacks?!?! I understand that Osama is dead, but the Taliban and al-Qaeda remains. They need to be taken out.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
01/13/13 8:33 pm

We should've put a boot up their ass when we found out that they were harboring Bin Laden.

01/13/13 8:17 pm

what a biased question. they wouldnt leave troops anywhere, they would station them.

01/13/13 5:38 pm

Why the hell are we there in the first place!!? Bring our troops home and let those people over there live in peace and our troops live safely with their families!

01/13/13 3:09 pm

Bring them all home. A bigger question is what to do in 10-15 years when Pakistan becomes a rogue state with atomic weapons as future casters say they will.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
01/12/13 9:28 pm

If we withdraw now, we hand over Afghanistan to the Taliban. Their government is warning us of this. It's still too soon.

thatguy81 here
01/12/13 1:04 pm

Don't we have enough problems at home an don't need to spend trillions a year trying to fix other countries?

14573 Scary Numbers
01/11/13 9:07 pm

Satnick, so what's your argument for pulling out?

01/11/13 7:54 pm

They can study the pictures then lol. Honestly who cares? They'll just use their opium fields to jump start the economy and the Taliban isn't ever going to go away.

01/11/13 6:27 pm

I hale we can leave the same way we did as in Iraq but Obama's proposed plan is to only leave 3000-9000 troops in the entire country instead 15-20k at each airbase. With such a low number, I'm afraid the troops won't be able to carry out the task of training Afghans and defending themselves.

veritas1 Panda
01/11/13 6:11 pm

War is lost the second it begins.

Time to cut our losses and listen to both the American and Afghan people: withdraw.

iTeach Mos Eisley
01/11/13 5:57 pm

Wow, how does making stuff up that's not even close to true usually work for you? Does reality not even figure into your rants? You realize the bailouts started under Bush, right? Reagan tripled the debt in the 80's and Bush doubled it again. Fiscally, the Democrats are much more responsible.

01/11/13 5:39 pm

& if you wanna see what a recovery looks like, 1981-1989....

01/11/13 5:30 pm

Lol. Obama added more debt to the economy than the last 43 presidents combined. So I believe it is valid.

vbranger Hillary for Prison
01/11/13 4:34 pm

I have Soldiers right now that have never been deployed, they are constantly asking how they can volunteer to deploy, it amazes me the dedication these younger troops have. The willing to put themselves out their for America. Those are the ones you want to keep around.

vbranger Hillary for Prison
01/11/13 4:29 pm

Being in a unit with people that have so many tours of duty and listening to the stories...I would go back in a heart beat, or if they need volunteers I will be the first to raise my hand, deployments can be hard, but in reality it's easy going.

vbranger Hillary for Prison
01/11/13 4:26 pm

majority of Soldiers do not mind Deployments. Speaking from experience 3 tours many Soldiers of mine look forward on deployments, the reason, our duty is just that, we do not like to sit back and just train. Not saying we look forward to war, we look forward to what we train for. Real missions

vbranger Hillary for Prison
01/11/13 4:08 pm

I agree with you,leaving a few back to make sure the Afghan army is for sure ready and trained to take over. My unit was 1 unit that left Iraq in Dec 2011,I can say I was amazed that we advanced Iraq Army as quickly as we did. They had 80-90% of the security taken care of before we left & confident

vbranger Hillary for Prison
01/11/13 4:02 pm

They would not leave them spread out it would be one or 2 big bases open such as Khandhar airbase and maybe another airbase. They had the same plan in affect when Obama was thinking about leaving soldiers in Iraq. Leave 1 big or 2 big air bases open. About 15-20k troops at each base.

satiricalnick meh
01/11/13 3:47 pm

Yes 145, 1 american life is worth a million foreign lives. Not saying im patriotic, because its dumb to be proud of where youre born, something you had no control over.

14573 Scary Numbers
01/11/13 3:15 pm

@satrick so thousands die because being American makes your life worth more?

14573 Scary Numbers
01/11/13 3:14 pm

@gonzo as ideal as no more damage would be, that's not going to happen on it's own. They need support until they can at least have a presentable military.

14573 Scary Numbers
01/11/13 3:12 pm

Mercs as national security? That's asking for trouble.

01/11/13 2:56 pm

It just makes me cry thinking of all those children without one of their parents during Christmases

thehopedivision Atlanta
01/11/13 2:52 pm

We are not there to establish democracy. We are building an empire. If we make it so you can't make money off war then you'd all forget what you's killin folks for.

01/11/13 2:50 pm

...invade the country. When we declared war on terrorism we not only declared war on terrorist groups but also on any country that willingly housed terrorists.

01/11/13 2:48 pm

Nick, the country of Afghanistan did not orchestrate 9/11 but at that point in time, their government was led by the Taliban who has close ties to Al Qaeda. The Afghan government not only housed terrorists but their government was filled with Al Qaeda members. Therefore, we had every right to...

01/11/13 2:43 pm

...the country is fully stabilized. But, I realize that my opinion is not the popular one therefore, ALL troops need to be pulled from Afghanistan in order to save American lives.

01/11/13 2:40 pm

Either remove them all or leave a reasonably large amount. This is one situation where compromise is not acceptable because if we only leave a few thousand troops, they will be so thinly spread out that it will be too difficult for them to defend themselves. I'm in favor of leaving troops until...

satiricalnick meh
01/11/13 12:09 pm

The day Afghanistan becomes the 51st state is the day their problems become our problems. Until then, not another drop of american blood is to be spilt.

01/11/13 10:59 am

100% withdrawal.
Let Soldiers of Fortune provide training & security.

acanderson Fruitland
01/11/13 10:14 am

Are you kidding? That is fucking stupid.

Mud Constitutionalist
01/11/13 7:26 am

The present administration is using Afghanistan, troop withdrawal etc., for their own benefit to assume more power.

FastFusion nj
01/11/13 7:02 am

There are no innocent civilians when they outwardly support a pro terrorist government. Not 1 American life is all the people that attack us or support those that attack us. Get real.

kehvn Towson, MD
01/11/13 6:45 am

The <21 group has a majority of wanting to leave troops in Afghanistan. The other two groups want to bring everyone home.

You guys think this is a POSITIVE indicator of the youth on this app?!?

01/11/13 6:23 am

There is no winning a war if you have so much as one death. You can't lose but also win unless you're talking about a weight loss competition.

01/11/13 5:46 am

Play Monopoly, winner takes all

gonzoboy Northern AZ
01/11/13 5:18 am

@14573 surely I wouldn't, and that's why decisions of this nature aren't made with 'hearts'. I'm just so fatigued at the quagmire this has become, and it's all too easy to allow visceral reactions to effervesce. Ideally, NO ONE ELSE would suffer, but this situation is less-than-ideal.

14573 Scary Numbers
01/11/13 5:06 am

So you would save a few hundred American lives at the cost of thousands (if not more) lives of foreigners.

gonzoboy Northern AZ
01/11/13 3:59 am

Mind: Perhaps a 100% withdrawal would be a bit precipitous. A "few thousand" does not seem unreasonable for training and securing the departure of exiting troops.
Heart: Get out now. 100% come home. Not one more drop of American blood. Let them resume killing each other for ANOTHER millennium.

satguy08 California
01/11/13 2:49 am

How long did it take the Jews to get out of egu

JD32 Oklahoma
01/11/13 2:25 am

Thank you Inge. But in all reality the thanks goes to military wives like you and my own wife who have huge enough ovaries to stick by us even through deployments!

inge MIA
01/11/13 2:21 am

Mine is too. You guys have serious balls to do what you do. Glad you made it back safe and god bless.

satiricalnick meh
01/11/13 2:17 am

Pffft, muammar al-qaddafi, obviously.