"Let's end this thing, and do it the right way. We are the strongest super power on Mother Earth. Time to act like it. One week of carpet bombing should really help get the Taliban thinking the right way."
This is a problem child, is it not? And because of 9/11/01, we had to adopt this problem child. It had already been through a foster parent (Russia), and they could not tame this beast. But we had a better idea. Rather than bomb this primitive country back into the stone ages, we would "nation build" it instead. How is that working out? After spending between $1T and $3T (depending on how you calculate borrowed money), and losing 2,500 troops due to combat (and about 20,000 wounded), we are back at square one. After almost 20 years, we are back to square one. We have been told by some very smart people, that as soon as the last American leaves, the Afghan army will fold like a house of cards. Then it is Taliban City all over again.
In fact, this past week we just found out the President was going for an inside straight to end the Afghan War. He was going to invite the hated Taliban to Camp David to try and pull a rabbit out of the hat. How did the scourge called the Taliban react? They blew up some innocents, including an American service member. That was it for President Trump. He called off all peace talks with the Taliban.
Now, I admire the President for trying to do the right thing. I really do. But the Taliban are worse than snakes. Can't trust them, can't negotiate them, can't deal with them. Then what to do? I would LOVE to see Trump inform the Taliban this is what the other side of the coin looks like. Effective on the anniversary of 9/11 (Wednesday), the carpet bombing will commence. We will carpet bomb Taliban strongholds for one week straight, and then stop.
Bird! You war monger! Think of the people that will die from carpet bombing! Ya, I know. Carpet bombing is cruel - kind of like blowing up civilians with suicide vests. But here is the deal Taliban - we have lots and lots of "dumb bombs" sitting in inventory. At any time, we can unleash hell on Earth by bombing both your killing fields and your poppy fields. Any time - get it? If you want to negotiate with us in good faith, we can strike a deal where everybody walks away whole. However, it you cheat on us, show us you are NOT a good partner in peace, you will not walk away whole. You will not be at peace. In fact, you will be in pieces.
Most people in this country are sick to death of these "controlled wars". They never end we for us. However, when we fight a war to win, they usually do end well. President Trump has already told the nation he could end this war in a week, but he did not feel like killing 100,000 people. I think he was half right. I do think he could end it in a week, but I don't think that many would be killed. Quite a few, but not 100,000.
This war has gone on now for almost 20 years. The Russians were bogged down here for 7 years. This is a quagmire. A trap. Let's end this thing, and do it the right way. We are the strongest super power on Mother Earth. Time to act like it. One week of carpet bombing should really help get the Taliban thinking the right way.