Should the U.S. end the war in Afghanistan?
User submitted stances on Afghanistan
No, keep our current level of troops
this is what war does.
I don't know too much about this. I would say keep levels at a minimum level which ensures the safety of the civilians in that country, unless the majority of the civilians don't want us there and the ones that do/did won't be punished/hurt if we left.
keep U.S. embassy in Kabul if Afghanistan wants us there
Listen to whatever the field generals say
We should conform to the wishes of a popularly elected Afghani government.
Leave Afghanistan since they cannot be trusted and are not worth saving.
Assist in fixing our mess. Train security forces and provide some small level of security, but do not walk around like you own the place.
Gradually remove troops, but endeavor to influence through maintenance of key personnel.
withdraw troops and install Starbucks as replacements.
get our hand out of other country's polatics
We should conform to the wishes of a popularly elected Afghani government but keep the U.S. embassy in Kabul intact with as small of a presence as possible.
Until women in Afghanistan are free, the whole world should intervene.
Follow the advice of our military commanders on the ground.
This kind of issue is a little too complex for a multiple choice quiz. Generally I support the Obama Administration position
Pull out all the troops we can and maintain a strong diplomatic presence. Encourage whatever government is democratically elected.
Pull out all troops officially, leave black ops team to gather information and keep tabs, close all bases.
Either we declare Afghanistan to be an official part of the United States of America and treat their people as first-class citizens, or we should leave because we can't afford the generation it will take to nation build it enough for it to have a functional Democracy without our support.
We should continue to assist the government to grow and strengthen and pull out our troops once we think it's safe to leave Afghanistan to the Afghani's.
Attempt to stabilize the situation and achieve a political peace before withdrawing troops. Withdraw troops by a set deadline if this does not happen.
Foster peace with the Taliban and include them in a future government, with no preconditions.
Abruptly end offensive operations while offering strategic aid incentives to Afghani-owned mineral resource development, including an oil pipeline from Kazakhstan. Provide stand-off defense of peaceful interests. Into the future, use Afghanistan as a demonstration ground for next-generation gunship ROVs.
The U.S. should invade Afghanitan and annex it to the state of the union.
too many factors for a simple answer. we may be able to scale back operations, but i think a full on withdrawal would be a terrible idea.
Clarify objectives, secure congressional support and commit the resources necessary to accomplish the agreed upon objective in the shortest time frame possible.
Stage a surge of forces, then withdraw when the threat is over
counter terrorism. no nationbuillding
Bring a majority of the troops home but keep a strong diplomatic presence
Oh, gosh, here's a doozie. Well, we need a military presence over in that area, not necessarily in in the country itself. A small task-force to act as a kind of "international affairs" group. The United Nations is such a group, but the terrorism that has come from within Afghanistan is directed to the United States, and not to the alliance that the U.N. represents. Then again, 9/11 may have been an inside job. The Saudis. The Carlisle Group. The Bush family and their lovably retarded son, George Jr. I'll stop before I get detained.
Build a large base to assert US interest in Afghanistan.
send full force and then get out as soon as the job is done
Tell pakastan to either support us or we will do what it takes to get those protected within pakastan
Draw down troops as conditions permit and concentrate on nation building. Involve the UN as much as possible.
Incorporate the UN in balancing the efforts and freedoms of the people of Afghanistan.
Do like every other country in the world. Decrease our offshore forces and increase our homeland defense. If we were invaded who would save us?
do a complete job as quickly as possible no political bs
Should maintain a reasonable size garrison at Bagram Airfield to ensure sanctity of the government and continued effort against further anti-coalition influence.
WE SHOULD MAKE IT THE 51ST STATE
Forces must remain until stability in the middle east is achieved, which will most likely never happen.
The US's desire to spread Democracy is a complete waste of time if we do not also insure that a bill of rights, similar to our own, is included. Democracy is worthless if minority groups, individuals, and a free press and judiciary are not protected.
Draw down troops as stability warrants
Once the objective of rooting out terrorist groups has been reached and there are assurances that they will not pick back up again, then we should scale back our presence and eventually pull out.
Pull out troops, send the Peace Corp.
i don't know
We should commit ourselves to the well being of the Afghan citizens, with full reparations for any citizens impacted by war, with the overarching goal of leaving a viable Afghanistan.
Keep only Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan
Gradually draw down the troops per the President's plan.
Bring a majority of the troops home but keep the U.S. embassy in Kabul intact with a high covert security force.
Get out of a land that the country has no right rhyme or reason for being in and worry more about the home-front. People in US are unemployed, poor, starving and deprived of shelter but that is ok as long as there are troops fighting some "they tried to kill my daddy first" war against a religion that isn't Christian.
Wait and see.
We should rely on more covert ops, and less force by mass.
Leave io to military commanders
That should be decided by the military leaders who know the situation much better than I do.
We should build schools and infrastructure. period.
We should conduct an orderly drawdown over the next 2 years and attempt to empower and professionalize the security forces as much as possible.
Keep a small footprint special operations unit there to support
Yes, as the Afghan military is trained to take over troop levels should be reduced
do the job totally and completly bedamed the politician
Have all the troops who are currently engaged in operations in Afghanistan, vote on the matter and have the results made public. They have a better idea of the situations there than armchair quarterbacks here.
We should keep enough troops there to prevent the Taliban from taking control of the country again until the Afghans can defend themselves.
Escalate and win the war rapidly at all cost and use their natural resources until the war is paid for but without unnecessary lowering of standard of living of the average person.
Pull out the troops and nuke the place. Kill our present enemies and eliminate any risk of it being settled by our enemies in the future.
Its all FUBAR.
Declare war on our enemies, and destroy all that oppose us.
Maintain military presence in Afghanistan until we are confident the insurgency has been effectively suppressed such that our original objective of removing Afghanistan as a haven for terrorists is not compromised.
Do what the commanders in the area advise
limit the involvement of the government in the world
We should pull out all troops, develop free trade partnerships, and maintain a strong diplomatic relationship, but do not meddle in their internal political affairs.
No, we should maintain or presence while we reassess our entire middle east policy vis a vie Islamism and it's roll in the Muslim world.
Maintain or increase current troop levels while we reassess our involvement in the ME vis a vie Islamism and its effect in the Muslim world.
We are a major factor in the lack of stability in the region, and hence should stay until stability has increased. This is not to say that we should keep our current troop levels as high as they are
Afghanistan is an important strategic geographic position for the U.S. to maintain a strong military position. Diplomatic efforts should be a key focus to maintain a steady presence in the reason to check the influence of rising powers in the region.
Yes, Only if US armed forces commanders believe that the security situation has stabilized, and that The Afghan National Army and Police has reached self-reliance and/or if the Afghani Government wishes for US Forces to leave the country.
Either stay in and let the troops obliterate the enemy or bring them home, no pussy footing around, no nation building.
Go in, Win, Leave.
Yes, but the effort should be made slowly.
We should reduce as the situations dictate.
No, not unless the Military officials believe it's a good idea.
No, let the military do their job, and keep the politicians out of their hair.
Pull troops out and bomb the hell outof them.
Take over the country, abolish Islam, and end Chinese hegemony in mining and oil
Let the commanders on the ground decide
Allow our military to win or pull them out now. Change rules of engagement.
if we are going to be in a region, then send enough to totally achieve the goal and be prepared to stay indefinitely, otherwise do not engage at all.
The Afghanistan commander in the field requested a slower withdrawel.
Troops to aid in NATO and UN humanitarian aid efforts should be kept. All other combat troops should be removed.
We should be there to help train their forces and act as security. Al-Queda relies far too much on the fear of the populace and without an ingrained opposing force they would be allowed to grow.
We should conform to the wishes of a popularly elected Afghani government so long as that government actively works to safeguard itself and the world against international terrorism arising within its borders.
Stay till they are done.But they should be allowed to do what they need to win.
we are continually making the same mistake again and again. the last time we were there, we left the job half done and they ended up stronger and more united against us (even if they were just afraid of their leader). this time the job is still only half done and we will end up going back again.
Defer to the opinions of commanders in the field.
I do not presume to understand this issue.
Maintain a sufficient military presence to combat the Taliban until it gives up arms and/or the present government is satisfactorily stable
reassess the necessity of forces in the middle east, allow the countries to revert or whatever they need to do, the conflict transcends the U.S.'s morals and is not something any of us can truly understand