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Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires

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Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires." It is unclear who coined that disputable term.

In truth, no great empires perished solely because of Afghanistan. Perhaps a better way to put it is that Afghanistan is the battleground of empires. Even without easily accessible resources, the country has still been blessed — or cursed, more likely — with a geopolitical position that has repeatedly put it in someone's bullseye.

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. The invaders would include the Maurya Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Rashidun Caliphate, the Mongol Empire led by Genghis Khan, the Timurid Empire of Timur, the Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, the Sikh Empire, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, led by the U.S. following 9/11.

Invasions during the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries have been disastrous.

The British Empire -- Over an 80-year period, the British fought three wars in Afghanistan, occupying or controlling the country in between, and lost tens of thousands of dead along the way. Finally, exhausted by the First World War, Britain gave up in 1919 and granted Afghanistan independence.

The Soviet Union -- The Soviet Union spent the postwar period pacifying and modernizing its Central Asian republics with great success. But it was mistaken in assuming that the same program could stick in Afghanistan. The Soviets invaded in 1979 to try to quell a brewing civil war and prop up its allies in the Afghan government, and they limped out in 1989. The failure in Afghanistan contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union two years later.

The United States -- The first American military battle of the 21st century was fought in Afghanistan shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. After nearly 20 years of fighting a shifting host of militant groups and the new Taliban insurgency, and now even a local affiliate of the Islamic State, there is no clear end on the horizon.

Since then more than a million American servicemen and women have served in Afghanistan; 2,400 of them lost their lives, along with another 1,100 NATO and other coalition allies killed.

Afghanistan became America's longest war, and, in 20 years of war, very little has been accomplished. The many failures -- not the least of which are 2,400 dead and another 20,000 wounded -- far surpasses the few successes, which would include schooling for girls and new schools.

Moreover, Afghanistan poses no threat to the United States. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran do.

President Biden has decided that 20 years of sheer frustration, dead, and wounded is enough. We can make better use of our human, financial, and military resources by engaging the real threats to our existence.

"President Biden formally announced his decision to end the 20-year, largely unsuccessful American effort to remake Afghanistan, declaring on Wednesday that he would withdraw the remaining few thousand United States troops in the country by Sept. 11," the New York Times.

Invasions of Afghanistan - Wikipedia and The Empire Stopper (Published 2017) assisted me in this report.
 

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Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires." It is unclear who coined that disputable term.

In truth, no great empires perished solely because of Afghanistan. Perhaps a better way to put it is that Afghanistan is the battleground of empires. Even without easily accessible resources, the country has still been blessed — or cursed, more likely — with a geopolitical position that has repeatedly put it in someone's bullseye.

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. The invaders would include the Maurya Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Rashidun Caliphate, the Mongol Empire led by Genghis Khan, the Timurid Empire of Timur, the Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, the Sikh Empire, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, led by the U.S. following 9/11.

Invasions during the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries have been disastrous.

The British Empire -- Over an 80-year period, the British fought three wars in Afghanistan, occupying or controlling the country in between, and lost tens of thousands of dead along the way. Finally, exhausted by the First World War, Britain gave up in 1919 and granted Afghanistan independence.

The Soviet Union -- The Soviet Union spent the postwar period pacifying and modernizing its Central Asian republics with great success. But it was mistaken in assuming that the same program could stick in Afghanistan. The Soviets invaded in 1979 to try to quell a brewing civil war and prop up its allies in the Afghan government, and they limped out in 1989. The failure in Afghanistan contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union two years later.

The United States -- The first American military battle of the 21st century was fought in Afghanistan shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. After nearly 20 years of fighting a shifting host of militant groups and the new Taliban insurgency, and now even a local affiliate of the Islamic State, there is no clear end on the horizon.

Since then more than a million American servicemen and women have served in Afghanistan; 2,400 of them lost their lives, along with another 1,100 NATO and other coalition allies killed.

Afghanistan became America's longest war, and, in 20 years of war, very little has been accomplished. The many failures -- not the least of which are 2,400 dead and another 20,000 wounded -- far surpasses the few successes, which would include schooling for girls and new schools.

Moreover, Afghanistan poses no threat to the United States. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran do.

President Biden has decided that 20 years of sheer frustration, dead, and wounded is enough. We can make better use of our human, financial, and military resources by engaging the real threats to our existence.

"President Biden formally announced his decision to end the 20-year, largely unsuccessful American effort to remake Afghanistan, declaring on Wednesday that he would withdraw the remaining few thousand United States troops in the country by Sept. 11," the New York Times.

Invasions of Afghanistan - Wikipedia and The Empire Stopper (Published 2017) assisted me in this report.

The real threats are America itself. The biggest threat to global security since the end of the Cold War.
 

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Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires." It is unclear who coined that disputable term.

In truth, no great empires perished solely because of Afghanistan. Perhaps a better way to put it is that Afghanistan is the battleground of empires. Even without easily accessible resources, the country has still been blessed — or cursed, more likely — with a geopolitical position that has repeatedly put it in someone's bullseye.

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. The invaders would include the Maurya Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Rashidun Caliphate, the Mongol Empire led by Genghis Khan, the Timurid Empire of Timur, the Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, the Sikh Empire, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, led by the U.S. following 9/11.

Invasions during the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries have been disastrous.

The British Empire -- Over an 80-year period, the British fought three wars in Afghanistan, occupying or controlling the country in between, and lost tens of thousands of dead along the way. Finally, exhausted by the First World War, Britain gave up in 1919 and granted Afghanistan independence.

The Soviet Union -- The Soviet Union spent the postwar period pacifying and modernizing its Central Asian republics with great success. But it was mistaken in assuming that the same program could stick in Afghanistan. The Soviets invaded in 1979 to try to quell a brewing civil war and prop up its allies in the Afghan government, and they limped out in 1989. The failure in Afghanistan contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union two years later.

The United States -- The first American military battle of the 21st century was fought in Afghanistan shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. After nearly 20 years of fighting a shifting host of militant groups and the new Taliban insurgency, and now even a local affiliate of the Islamic State, there is no clear end on the horizon.

Since then more than a million American servicemen and women have served in Afghanistan; 2,400 of them lost their lives, along with another 1,100 NATO and other coalition allies killed.

Afghanistan became America's longest war, and, in 20 years of war, very little has been accomplished. The many failures -- not the least of which are 2,400 dead and another 20,000 wounded -- far surpasses the few successes, which would include schooling for girls and new schools.

Moreover, Afghanistan poses no threat to the United States. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran do.

President Biden has decided that 20 years of sheer frustration, dead, and wounded is enough. We can make better use of our human, financial, and military resources by engaging the real threats to our existence.

"President Biden formally announced his decision to end the 20-year, largely unsuccessful American effort to remake Afghanistan, declaring on Wednesday that he would withdraw the remaining few thousand United States troops in the country by Sept. 11," the New York Times.

Invasions of Afghanistan - Wikipedia and The Empire Stopper (Published 2017) assisted me in this report.

Afghanistan has been invaded by every great Empire going back to Alexander the Great, and has never been conquered.

When W announced he was going into Afghanistan, I rolled my eyes, and wondered how long this one would last. 20 years.

Doesn't anyone in the Pentagon ever study the history of the World?
 

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Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires." It is unclear who coined that disputable term.

In truth, no great empires perished solely because of Afghanistan. Perhaps a better way to put it is that Afghanistan is the battleground of empires. Even without easily accessible resources, the country has still been blessed — or cursed, more likely — with a geopolitical position that has repeatedly put it in someone's bullseye.

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. The invaders would include the Maurya Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Rashidun Caliphate, the Mongol Empire led by Genghis Khan, the Timurid Empire of Timur, the Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, the Sikh Empire, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, led by the U.S. following 9/11.

Invasions during the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries have been disastrous.

The British Empire -- Over an 80-year period, the British fought three wars in Afghanistan, occupying or controlling the country in between, and lost tens of thousands of dead along the way. Finally, exhausted by the First World War, Britain gave up in 1919 and granted Afghanistan independence.

The Soviet Union -- The Soviet Union spent the postwar period pacifying and modernizing its Central Asian republics with great success. But it was mistaken in assuming that the same program could stick in Afghanistan. The Soviets invaded in 1979 to try to quell a brewing civil war and prop up its allies in the Afghan government, and they limped out in 1989. The failure in Afghanistan contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union two years later.

The United States -- The first American military battle of the 21st century was fought in Afghanistan shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. After nearly 20 years of fighting a shifting host of militant groups and the new Taliban insurgency, and now even a local affiliate of the Islamic State, there is no clear end on the horizon.

Since then more than a million American servicemen and women have served in Afghanistan; 2,400 of them lost their lives, along with another 1,100 NATO and other coalition allies killed.

Afghanistan became America's longest war, and, in 20 years of war, very little has been accomplished. The many failures -- not the least of which are 2,400 dead and another 20,000 wounded -- far surpasses the few successes, which would include schooling for girls and new schools.

Moreover, Afghanistan poses no threat to the United States. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran do.

President Biden has decided that 20 years of sheer frustration, dead, and wounded is enough. We can make better use of our human, financial, and military resources by engaging the real threats to our existence.

"President Biden formally announced his decision to end the 20-year, largely unsuccessful American effort to remake Afghanistan, declaring on Wednesday that he would withdraw the remaining few thousand United States troops in the country by Sept. 11," the New York Times.

Invasions of Afghanistan - Wikipedia and The Empire Stopper (Published 2017) assisted me in this report.
I thought you were an anti American from Iran , guess I was wrong . Your a anti American from Afghanistan . My bad.
 

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The American strike on Afghanistan was righteous...

But we should have been in-and-out within six months and left 'em stumbling-about in the ruins after walking away...

If they ever-again serve as the protectors and enablers of anti-American large-scale terrorism, we solve it by cooking-down the country with ICBMs...
 

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Today we fight wars like we don't want to kill anyone...that doesn't make any sense....we are so afraid of killing "civilians" that we can't fight effectively....
 

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we are so afraid of killing "civilians" that we can't fight effectively....
Civilians are innocent by-standers-
You can't win a war over another nation by only killing enemy troops when the enemy uses civilians as cover...so if you don't have the stomach to fight effectively don't pick a fight to begin with....or you will be there for 60 years....
 

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Horse manure. Lieven A, Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (1999). When in doubt, go back to the petroglyphs of the Caucasus. Chechens were the true White Indians.
 

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Like the Uighurs, you go (before[italics]) the dipshit religion, Islam, got ahold of them.
 

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Afghanistan is not a war unto itself, it is part of a Global war on terrorism. Do we also pull troops from other areas where we are fighting Islamic terrorist. Will these same terrorist once the NATO forces along with U.S.A. forces are gone use Afghanistan as a base to strike at western countries again? I am all for the global war on terrorism to come to an end but the end must leave a more secure world for freedom loving people. If not some where in the future we will face more 9/11s and other violent attacks we have seen over the past 20 years.
 

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Horse manure. The term al qaeda ‘base’ comes from the Yuchi Indians of the United States, so you had best review what you know about the School of the Americas, Ft. Benning, Georgia.
 

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Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires." It is unclear who coined that disputable term.

In truth, no great empires perished solely because of Afghanistan. Perhaps a better way to put it is that Afghanistan is the battleground of empires. Even without easily accessible resources, the country has still been blessed — or cursed, more likely — with a geopolitical position that has repeatedly put it in someone's bullseye.

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. The invaders would include the Maurya Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Rashidun Caliphate, the Mongol Empire led by Genghis Khan, the Timurid Empire of Timur, the Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, the Sikh Empire, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, led by the U.S. following 9/11.

Invasions during the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries have been disastrous.

The British Empire -- Over an 80-year period, the British fought three wars in Afghanistan, occupying or controlling the country in between, and lost tens of thousands of dead along the way. Finally, exhausted by the First World War, Britain gave up in 1919 and granted Afghanistan independence.

The Soviet Union -- The Soviet Union spent the postwar period pacifying and modernizing its Central Asian republics with great success. But it was mistaken in assuming that the same program could stick in Afghanistan. The Soviets invaded in 1979 to try to quell a brewing civil war and prop up its allies in the Afghan government, and they limped out in 1989. The failure in Afghanistan contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union two years later.

The United States -- The first American military battle of the 21st century was fought in Afghanistan shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. After nearly 20 years of fighting a shifting host of militant groups and the new Taliban insurgency, and now even a local affiliate of the Islamic State, there is no clear end on the horizon.

Since then more than a million American servicemen and women have served in Afghanistan; 2,400 of them lost their lives, along with another 1,100 NATO and other coalition allies killed.

Afghanistan became America's longest war, and, in 20 years of war, very little has been accomplished. The many failures -- not the least of which are 2,400 dead and another 20,000 wounded -- far surpasses the few successes, which would include schooling for girls and new schools.

Moreover, Afghanistan poses no threat to the United States. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran do.

President Biden has decided that 20 years of sheer frustration, dead, and wounded is enough. We can make better use of our human, financial, and military resources by engaging the real threats to our existence.

"President Biden formally announced his decision to end the 20-year, largely unsuccessful American effort to remake Afghanistan, declaring on Wednesday that he would withdraw the remaining few thousand United States troops in the country by Sept. 11," the New York Times.

Invasions of Afghanistan - Wikipedia and The Empire Stopper (Published 2017) assisted me in this report.
I thought you were an anti American from Iran , guess I was wrong . Your a anti American from Afghanistan . My bad.

Hey stupid!! It is possible to criticize the American Government and it's policies without being "anti-American".
The Constitution was written "In order to form a more perfect union". If there was nothing to criticized, the union wouldn't need to be "perfected".
 

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They have an opportunity to prove they don't want us there. Leave us alone. If they take this opportunity to attack us instead of letting us leave then maybe we should stay. If they really want us gone they would disappear and wait for us to leave before doing anything. And then they would insure that their fighting does not reach our shores again.
 

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Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires." It is unclear who coined that disputable term.

In truth, no great empires perished solely because of Afghanistan. Perhaps a better way to put it is that Afghanistan is the battleground of empires. Even without easily accessible resources, the country has still been blessed — or cursed, more likely — with a geopolitical position that has repeatedly put it in someone's bullseye.

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. The invaders would include the Maurya Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Rashidun Caliphate, the Mongol Empire led by Genghis Khan, the Timurid Empire of Timur, the Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, the Sikh Empire, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, led by the U.S. following 9/11.

Invasions during the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries have been disastrous.

The British Empire -- Over an 80-year period, the British fought three wars in Afghanistan, occupying or controlling the country in between, and lost tens of thousands of dead along the way. Finally, exhausted by the First World War, Britain gave up in 1919 and granted Afghanistan independence.

The Soviet Union -- The Soviet Union spent the postwar period pacifying and modernizing its Central Asian republics with great success. But it was mistaken in assuming that the same program could stick in Afghanistan. The Soviets invaded in 1979 to try to quell a brewing civil war and prop up its allies in the Afghan government, and they limped out in 1989. The failure in Afghanistan contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union two years later.

The United States -- The first American military battle of the 21st century was fought in Afghanistan shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. After nearly 20 years of fighting a shifting host of militant groups and the new Taliban insurgency, and now even a local affiliate of the Islamic State, there is no clear end on the horizon.

Since then more than a million American servicemen and women have served in Afghanistan; 2,400 of them lost their lives, along with another 1,100 NATO and other coalition allies killed.

Afghanistan became America's longest war, and, in 20 years of war, very little has been accomplished. The many failures -- not the least of which are 2,400 dead and another 20,000 wounded -- far surpasses the few successes, which would include schooling for girls and new schools.

Moreover, Afghanistan poses no threat to the United States. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran do.

President Biden has decided that 20 years of sheer frustration, dead, and wounded is enough. We can make better use of our human, financial, and military resources by engaging the real threats to our existence.

"President Biden formally announced his decision to end the 20-year, largely unsuccessful American effort to remake Afghanistan, declaring on Wednesday that he would withdraw the remaining few thousand United States troops in the country by Sept. 11," the New York Times.

Invasions of Afghanistan - Wikipedia and The Empire Stopper (Published 2017) assisted me in this report.
I thought you were an anti American from Iran , guess I was wrong . Your a anti American from Afghanistan . My bad.

Hey stupid!! It is possible to criticize the American Government and it's policies without being "anti-American".
The Constitution was written "In order to form a more perfect union". If there was nothing to criticized, the union wouldn't need to be "perfected".
Did you go along with president Trump on anything?
 

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