It only took the U.S. government 17 YEARS of war in Afghanistan, thousands of innocent lives, and more than $2.4 TRILLION to admit that there is no way to defeat the Taliban militarily…
As the War in Afghanistan continues, reports are showing that the Taliban’s strength is increasing, and a top U-S military commander is now admitting that this war likely will not be won through a military solution.
After more than 17 years, the Afghanistan War has achieved the title of the longest war in United States history, and recent reports indicate that it is not ending anytime soon, as the enemy the U.S. intended to defeat is now the strongest it has been at any point since the war began.
The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction confirmed that in 2018, the Afghanistan government only controls around 56 percent of the country’s districts, dropping from 72 percent in 2015.
The report noted that since 2002, the United States has committed an average of more than 1.5 million dollars a day to help the Afghan government combat narcotics, reaching a total of more than $8.8 billion in September 2018.
But instead of reducing opium production in Afghanistan, since the U.S. invaded in 2001, the country’s supply has increased dramatically, and the latest report noted that Afghanistan’s opium crisis is now worse than ever. Not only is the current area for opium cultivation in Afghanistan four times larger than it was in 2002, but the report noted that it has increased sharply in recent years and is now around 20 times larger than the land area of Washington D.C.
The increase in opium production has also helped the Taliban flourish, and the deputy secretary of state has noted that an estimated 65 percent of the group’s profits are derived from narcotics. The Taliban confirmed today that it plans to send representatives to multilateral talks in Russia about the current climate in the country. This comes after the top U-S military commander in Afghanistan recently admitted that this war is quote, “not going to be won militarily.” Instead, he said it will likely have to be a political solution.
However, during a visit to Afghanistan today, NATO’s Secretary General argued that he believes leaving the country and ending the war is the wrong approach.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “My message to political leaders back in Europe and United States, to NATO allies and partners, is that we are here in Afghanistan of course to help Afghanistan, but we are also in Afghanistan to help ourselves, we are here to fight international terrorism.”
But the reality is that with civilian causalities increasing in recent years, with the opium crisis at all-time high, and with the Taliban stronger than ever, the U.S. and its allies appear to have only helped international terrorism and the illegal drug trade thrive in Afghanistan, and as the Inspector General’s report summed it up, “To put it bluntly, these numbers spell failure.”