I think this is a bad idea.....
From FoxNews -- WASHINGTON -- A leading Republican lawmaker on U.S. military policy says he wants American officials to consider establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina says that having a few U.S. air bases in Afghanistan would be a benefit to the region and would give Afghan security forces an edge against the Taliban.
Graham tells NBC television's "Meet the Press" that he wants to see the U.S. have "an enduring relationship" with Afghanistan to ensure that it never falls back into the hands of terrorists.
I'm no military strategy expert but having an enduring presence in a hostile country full of America-hating terrorists and a barely functioning, corrupt government just seems like a bad idea to me, not to mention the prohibitive cost of keeping the soldiers and assets safe in such a theater. We should be out of the business of keeping the peace in every God-forsaken shithole of a country in which we have no economic interests.
We should leave Afghanistan to its own devices for a year or two, let the Taliban reform and organize, then every couple of years, surprise carpet-bomb every site our satellites tell us there are collections of two or more terrorists.
This accomplishes three worthwhile objectives in my opinion: first, we keep the Taliban terrorists local and on their heels and unable to launch any real attacks on western targets. Second, we fulfill the Bush doctrine of taking the fight to the terrorists in their back yard instead of ours. And third, every now and then our military needs to test new weapons and purge our stockpiles of old ordinance. What better wasteland to do this than on the prehistoric country of Afghanistan? It's not like we'd be bombing them back to the stone-age....they're already there.
I see lots of upside to my argument and very little down, I mean other than the regular condemnation of other Muslim countries and the UN but, really...who cares?