Leaked US-Afghan Agreement Offers Open-Ended American Troop Commitment

Endless war?

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel has obtained a leaked draft of the “Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement Between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.” This agreement, as yet unsigned, provides for an endless war despite President Obama’s repeated assurances that U.S. forces are leaving Afghanistan next year.

Afghan officials tell NBC NEWS the agreement is critical to Afghanistan’s future stability. Without ongoing military assistance, training and funding, those officials say the government could collapse and Afghanistan would enter a civil war. If the agreement passes, the draft says Washington would commit to a long -term, indefinite military involvement in this land-locked Asian nation.

This morning on MSNBC, Chuck Todd asked Richard Engel (who is still in Kabul) if the Afghan officials he has spoken to have any idea how unpopular the Afghanistan War is in America. Engel responded that they do not. Probably they are talking to the wrong Americans. More than two-thirds of us say this war was not not worth fighting.

The average annual cost to keep one American soldier deployed in Afghanistan is now $2.1 million. Total cost to taxpayers for our country’s longest war in history is estimated at $1.6 trillion (not counting interest). The human toll (including US soldiers and contractors, allied soldiers, and Afghan security forces, insurgents and militants, and civilians) is estimated to be at least 145,000 deaths by direct war violence since 2001 in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

More info:
Leaked Draft Points To Endless War In Afghanistan
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  1. #1 by Thomas Atwater on November 20, 2013 - 10:55 am

    Oh yeah, um..the most transparent administration ever, one look at bush’s 8 years and you will know exactly what this asshole lying president will do.

    Yeah, we’re gonna close gitmo, stop rendition, pass the NDAA, destroy Habeas Corpus, bomb and drone the fuck out of anybody and everybody, run dope and guns..directly too and from the cartels, spread weapons wherever there is a buyer, abandon Americans to their deaths, support islamic crazies in Libya and Syria, heck anywhere and everywhere! Better yet arm them..Let Putin mop the floor with your Dumbass… guard the dope fields in Afghanistan, for the pharma opiate cartels…, spy on everyone, including trusted allies, engage in repeated wholesale lying, act stupid, act stupid, then say I didn’t know, it’s not my fault..if you like your plan, well fuck you,..yeah dat’s whut we got!

    It’s a beautiful mess.

  2. #2 by Nathan Erkkila on November 20, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    They could say they’re staying in Afghanistan forever, but “Afghanistan” and “Forever” don’t work in the same sentence.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on November 21, 2013 - 9:46 am

    The overall strategic situation is that foreign armies that arrive in Afghanistan always leave again. At which point the Afghans resume fighting among themselves.

    It’s hard to imagine a mere status of forces agreement that’s going to change that.

  4. #4 by Thomas Atwater on November 21, 2013 - 10:47 am

    All kinds of interlopers lay dead forever in Parthian lands.

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