The other day, Obama announced his plan to leave a residual force of 9800 American troops in Afghanistan after combat operations officially end this December. That residual force will be cut in half at the end of 2015, and reduced to a negligible level at the end of 2016. So much for pulling out completely this year.
Though far less than the roughly 100,000 troops at the peak years of 2010-2012, leaving nearly ten thousand troops in Afghanistan after 2014 seems rather pointless. All that would do is leave our troops in harm's way without actually providing a significant amount of security. It's better to rip the band-aid off quickly rather than slowly. We already got Bin Laden and over 80% of the high-ranking Al-Qaeda members years ago, so why are we still there? Yes, there is indeed a high risk that the Taliban will take over once again, but that will likely happen regardless of whether we pull out now or 10, 20, or 100 years from now. Thirteen years of war and occupation is more than enough, and indeed it has been America's longest war, even longer than Vietnam.
Let's face it, Afghanistan is basically a lost cause at this point. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Persians, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and now the American Empire have all learned the hard way that such a country simply cannot be conquered for long. So let's make good on our promise to pull out this year. And when we do so, the TSAP has a great idea to keep the Taliban and other forces of evil at bay, and we are only half-joking about this one. Upon leaving, our troops should give every Afghan woman an AK-47 or M-16 and tell them to take over their country, and mow down anyone who stands in their way. And given the deplorable way that women have been treated over there for thousands of years, the powder keg will finally blow. Of course, the powers that be in the USA would never want to do that, absolutely not. After all, they wouldn't want women in this country getting any ideas, now would they?