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  • Ghani: Afghanistan Owes 'Profound Debt' to US

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told U.S. lawmakers that his country owed a "profound debt" to the United States and the more than 2,300 U.S. troops who died to "advance the cause of freedom."

    "The people of Afghanistan recognize the bravery of your soldiers and the tremendous sacrifices that Americans have made to keep Afghanistan free," Ghani told a joint meeting of Congress. “We owe a profound debt to the soldiers who have lost limbs to buried bombs, to the brave veterans, and to the families who tragically lost their loved ones to the enemy's cowardly acts of terror,” he said.

    Ghani also thanked the U.S. for development aid and other civilian assistance. And he promised he will be a good steward of continued U.S. assistance to his country as it works to rebuild while struggling against a stubborn insurgency.


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    He received a warm welcome from both Republicans and Democrats, as well as long bursts of applause and several standing ovations. He also drew laughter when he talked about his time living in New York: "I ate corned beef at Katz's, New York's greatest, greasiest, pickle-lined melting pot."


    more,

    http://www.voanews.com/content/ghani...l/2693585.html



  • #2
    Also in relation to the topic,

    The US originally planned to reduce the # of American troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2015, but that plan has been scratched.


    Currently, there are 9,800 U.S. troops providing training and support in Afghanistan, as well as 3,000 troops from other NATO countries. The Obama administration had planned to reduce that number to about 5,500 by the end of this year before withdrawing completely by the end of 2016.

    But Ghani has made clear to Obama in recent conversations that such a timeline could jeopardize the security situation on the ground as Afghan forces continue to fight back the Taliban and al Qaeda.

    "The institutional gains that would be achieved through the (training), advise and (assisting) role is what will guarantee that the investments of the last 14 years pay off," Ghani said during Tuesday's press conference.


    more,

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/24/politi...ghani-meeting/

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    • #3
      Good...they can pay us back in cold, hard cash. The bill is probably around a trillion dollars by now.

      "Talk is cheap, but good whiskey costs money." Old gold miner expression.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        Good...they can pay us back in cold, hard cash. The bill is probably around a trillion dollars by now.

        "Talk is cheap, but good whiskey costs money." Old gold miner expression.
        Sorry, Chinese get the mining rights.
        ALL LIVES SPLATTER!

        BLACK JEEPS MATTER!

        BLACK MOTORCYCLES MATTER!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
          Good...they can pay us back in cold, hard cash. The bill is probably around a trillion dollars by now.
          The US chose to overthrow the Taliban and establish whatever regime is in place there now for its own purposes and in pursuit of own objectives. There was no contract signed with the Afghan people in this regard, there was no representative body of Afghans making an official request for US or NATO involvement before the fact. One cannot hold a local foreign population accountable for the costs involved in a free act committed by lawmakers and policymakers in Washington. The buck stops there.

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          • #6
            I'll take my payback in rare earth metals...

            Originally posted by Gixxer86g View Post
            Sorry, Chinese get the mining rights.
            Why? Does the Afghan government owe a "profound debt" to them as well?
            ARRRR! International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19th
            IN MARE IN COELO

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            • #7
              Gratitude has a very short half-life, all the more so amongst the Afghans, who change sides like the wind changes directions.
              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Skoblin View Post
                The US chose to overthrow the Taliban and establish whatever regime is in place there now for its own purposes and in pursuit of own objectives. There was no contract signed with the Afghan people in this regard, there was no representative body of Afghans making an official request for US or NATO involvement before the fact. One cannot hold a local foreign population accountable for the costs involved in a free act committed by lawmakers and policymakers in Washington. The buck stops there.
                You completely missed the point.
                Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                  Gratitude has a very short half-life, all the more so amongst the Afghans, who change sides like the wind changes directions.

                  Yeah...remember how "grateful" the Kuwaiti's were?
                  Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jose50 View Post
                    Why? Does the Afghan government owe a "profound debt" to them as well?
                    No.
                    ALL LIVES SPLATTER!

                    BLACK JEEPS MATTER!

                    BLACK MOTORCYCLES MATTER!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                      Good...they can pay us back in cold, hard cash. The bill is probably around a trillion dollars by now.

                      "Talk is cheap, but good whiskey costs money." Old gold miner expression.
                      I'll take the mining rights.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Skoblin View Post
                        The US chose to overthrow the Taliban and establish whatever regime is in place there now for its own purposes and in pursuit of own objectives. There was no contract signed with the Afghan people in this regard, there was no representative body of Afghans making an official request for US or NATO involvement before the fact. One cannot hold a local foreign population accountable for the costs involved in a free act committed by lawmakers and policymakers in Washington. The buck stops there.
                        The President of Afghanistan (the elected representative of the Afghan people) said They owe Us. There is your verbal contract and acknowledgement that what the US did was on behalf of the Afghan people.

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