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Should we stay in Afghanistan after combat operations end?

BAGRAM, Afghanistan – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that both the U.S. and Afghan governments agree the American military should remain involved in Afghanistan after the planned 2014 end of combat operations to help train and advise Afghan forces.

"Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we're willing to do that," Gates told a group of U.S. troops at Bagram air field, which is headquarters for U.S. and NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan. "My sense is, they (Afghan officials) are interested in having us do that."

A soldier asked Gates about a long-term military presence, and Gates noted that Washington and Kabul have recently begun negotiating a security partnership. He mentioned no details. He was to meet later in the day with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

On Sunday, the Afghan National Security Council discussed the matter of a long-term security accord with the U.S., according to a statement issued by Karzai's office. The statement said Karzai told the council that the U.S. wants the deal worked out as soon as possible. And he said that on the Afghan side it was matter not just for the government but for the Afghan people to decide.

The U.S. has said it wants a long-term relationship with Afghanistan, in part to ensure the country does not again become a haven for al-Qaida or affiliated terrorist groups. Karzai's interest is rooted in his desire for U.S. security guarantees and commitments that could help bring stability and prosperity.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:25 AM on Mar. 7, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:26 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • No! we should get of a lot of countries, why are we there?

    How would we feel if someone came over here and stayed?

    We are part of the problem they don't want us there and that is why they hate us and want to kill us. We need to get out!!

    But we wont

    Answer by gammie at 9:36 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • I agree with gammie completely.

    Answer by meooma at 9:51 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Yes, unless we choose not to learn from history.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:54 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Yes, we should.

    Answer by DusterMommy at 10:04 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Karzai's interest is rooted in his desire for U.S. security guarantees and commitments that could help bring stability and prosperity.
    We shouldn't stay there but we will for years, just as we'll have presence in Irag for years to come. The leaders of these countries talk about security that U.S. forces could provide, but if you really look at the above comment by Karzai, he and others want commitments that will help their countries achieve prosperity. In other words, we'll be expected to, and will, spend billions not only rebuilding their countries but investing in business ventures, etc that will employ their citizens.

    Answer by meriana at 10:13 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • As long as they want us.

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:15 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • If we don't they will just fall into the hands of some other hideous ruler. We should never expect a "win" in Afghanistan though...not unless we are willing to level parts of it. There is no economy short of the govt and drugs there....they will always be ripe for a takeover.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:19 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Only if they want us there. If we find they don't then we know we have wasted a lot of time and lives in that war.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:13 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Germany, Korea, Japan, maybe not so much in Japan anymore. But, my point is, this is what our military does. Of course we will stay there. Not like we are now, of course. If we still have a presence there, and there is constant, on-going training, don't you think there will be less of a chance of this crap happening again? I do. Besides, I also think, and sure, this is just little ol me, BUT, I think that WE (us ladies on CM) just don't know enough to be able to make informed decisions on this sort of thing. I mean, how many of us are active duty, much less the ones that actually know what the hell is going on, and make the decisions?

    Answer by Raine2001 at 8:36 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

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