Originally Posted by Chiefspants
I would argue that the situations differ considerably, This time around we did not weaponize radical militants and flee the situation expecting harmony because our rival was upon the edge of destruction. This blatant lack of foresight is one of the reasons we are caught in our current quagmire. Furthermore, at that time we had just aided Afghanistan in their plight against the Soviet Union, If there were a time to aid Afghanistan, it would have been on the heels of their victory.
And so, shifting the focus to our current situation, it appears that while we were caught up in Iraq, our original enemy has spread throughout the middle east. So where do we go now? Do we continue to teeter on the border of Pakistan while moving our hand into Yemen?
There is going to be no easy way out of our present crisis.
When did Reagan weaponize them with US airliners?