Afghanistan doesn’t exist (except on the map)
To a room full of kids. And a half hour of gobbledygook followed based on the assumption that Afghanistan is a “country”- which it is not. It’s at best a loose confederation of tribal groups and at worst a huge rugged wilderness lightly populated with villagers, overrun by warlords who barely know there’s a world outside.
They call Karzai the “mayor of Kabul” because few out of town even know who he is. Where is this Afghan army supposed to come from? Who is going to arm and supply them? (China is supposed to lend us the money for that too???)
Obama said: It is easy to forget that when this war began, we were united — bound together by the fresh memory of a horrific attack, and by the determination to defend our homeland and the values we hold dear. I refuse to accept the notion that we cannot summon that unity again.
Well “It’s easy to forget” that those who supposedly attacked us on 9-11 were from Saudi Arabia. Not Iraq. Not Afghanistan. And the Taliban were being feasted in Texas about the same time.
Addendum: see The Hashish Army: Afghanistan