Afghanistan war of necessity not choice the afghan

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Afghanistan: War of necessity, not choice The Afghan government was supposed to finish the war against the insurgent Taliban Finish the war meant ‘Political reconciliation’ or making the Taliban come to negotiating table The Taliban: cost/benefit of participating in the political process/armed insurgency Afghanistan has a weak political system Electoral fraud, poor public services (quality, corruption) Freedom House ranks Afghanistan as one of the countries with the worst human rights records The Taliban’s support based in part from Afghan’s grievances directed at the national government Taliban has good public opinion (public thinks Taliban helps more than US) President Ashraf Ghani has to show the government is capable of conducting legitimate elections in 2019 Governor opposed Ghani, forced to step down Khandahar Police Chief, fired by Ghani: rising up against Ghani, from same ethnic group as Ghani and known for defeating the Taliban Ghani has the power to fire any public official (in Constitution) Will the Taliban want to participate? The Taliban would find attractive to participate in a political system where the president has a significant power and where a Pashtun has a good chance of getting elected Opposition to “negotiated settlement”, women’s rights organizations 1996-2001: Taliban rules against women were extreme (little to no rights) Disagreements between President Ghani and local leaders complicate negotiations with the Taliban
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Mayor, President all belong to formal government and Taliban is fighting formal government Khandahar (Police Chief) thinks Ghani isn’t doing enough to fight Taliban Recent News Taliban rejects Ghani’s call for political reconciliation Read articles from Prezi Taliban called Afghans boycott the ‘illegitimate’ elections Trump says: ‘we are not in the process of nation building, we are fighting terrorists’ After 9/11, went after Osama Bin Laden, never went after Taliban Only way to capture Bin Laden (Al-Queda) destroying the Taliban: destroyed government of Afghanistan as a result. US created conditions for insurgency. Sides have flipped from 1980s(Insurgents) vs. now (pro-government) Taliban were born on border of Afghanistan and Pakistan Taliban retreat to Pakistan, started using drones because of this US needs to bring Taliban in a worn-down/defeated state, Pakistani government won’t give up Taliban members At a stalemate, Taliban is very strong, Pakistan is safe haven. There’s very little incentive for Taliban to have negotiations. End Afghanistan 4/23/18 A lot less true/false on final Bloomington Public Library, S
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Iraq 2003-Present (Last 15 years) 2003 Iraq War Rationale A) Liberate Iraqis and the world from a tyrannical ruler (Saddam Hussein) and transform Iraq into an exemplary democratic government in the region o Assuming good intentions o Went in October, 2001 and by December the Taliban was expelled After getting rid of Saddam Hussein, it was up to the Iraqis to finish the job. What is the state of
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