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Patrolling in Kandahar

A Stryker armored vehicle operated by Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment sits stationary at a patrol base, Rajankala, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 28. The U.S. Army operates from combat outposts to add flexibility to operations in their sectors. A Stryker armored vehicle operated by Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment sits stationary at a patrol base, Rajankala, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 28.

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Their vast desolation and wilderness areas are breathtakingly beautiful.

However, we have vast stretches of similar terrain in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.

No need to sightsee there when we can keep the troops, and money, here at home.

We are not going to civilize the Afghans into the 21st Century (from the 7th) no matter how hard we try.  Nor are we going to be able to instill democracy, honesty and equality of women.  It's a cultural thing. 

Follow AQ wherever they go, relentlessly, but don't let the mission transform into "nation building."

Let their neighbors take care of nation-building, if both parties want it.  If not, ignore them.

I am not sure that our current mission there has any real focus or purpose in terms of a goal.  Clear and hold it a tactic or strategy, not a goal.

Enjoy the tourist photos for now, but it may be time to bring our troops home.  Until they leave, however, give them every tool and permissive ROE they need to accomplish whatever the mission is.