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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 01:58 AM

As Trump Administration Negotiates Peace with Taliban, Some Retired U.S. Generals See Defeat

Sean D. Naylor 20 hours ago

Don Bolduc lost 69 men to the Taliban during the five-plus years he spent as a Special Forces officer in Afghanistan. Now a retired brigadier general, he keeps their dog tags in a memorial in his home office as a constant reminder, he says, of their sacrifice and “of the price for bad policy and strategy.”

Last week’s news from Qatar of progress toward a possible peace deal with the Taliban that would involve a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan served as another sort of reminder: of the likelihood, in Bolduc’s eyes, that his men’s sacrifices were in vain.

“Like it or not, we have lost,” he said. That realization will be hard to take for the soldiers he fought with, according to Bolduc. “It’s going to be a bitter pill,” he said. “They did what they were asked, they did the right thing, and they watched their teammates get maimed, get killed, and because of the failure of our policymakers and our senior military leaders they’re going to have to swallow this pill.”

Bolduc was speaking a few days after U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said that during six days of talks in Qatar, the United States had reached “agreements in principle” with the Taliban that could see a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan if the Taliban agreed to hold talks with the Afghan government and to not allow terrorist groups like al-Qaida or the Islamic State to use Afghanistan as a safe haven. Khalilzad cautioned that “there is still work to be done,” but acknowledged that “we are on the right path” in what appears to be the most promising breakthrough on the diplomatic front since U.S. forces first entered Afghanistan in October 2001.

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 01:59 AM

1. Cheney on Taliban: 'They're History'

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In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Jim Angle Tuesday, Vice President Dick Cheney said Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership is essentially history and that he fully expects American forces to get their hands on Mullah Omar soon. He also suggested that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should be paying close to heed to events in Afghanistan. The following is a full transcript of the interview as broadcast on Special Report With Brit Hume.

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 02:18 AM

2. Hope Trump Knows What He's Doing. N/T

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 02:35 AM

3. 14,453 russians died, 53,753 russians wounded 1979-1989

451 russian Aircraft shot down (including 333 Helicopters)
147 russian Tanks destroyed
1,314 russian APC destroyed
433 russian Howitzers and Mortars destroyed or captured
11,369 russian trucks destroyed

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 02:51 AM

4. All we need is another 30-40 years there.

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 06:31 AM

5. Condemned by the left for staying:

Condemned by the left for leaving!

But if Obama did the same He would be hailed as the great peacemaker!

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 07:12 AM

6. Incompetent generals

Maybe if Obama's generals had done their job it wouldn't be an issue.

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 09:01 AM

7. Bush invades, Lefty against war. Trump makes peace, Lefty is FOR war!

Lefty sides with the establishment for eternal war.

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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 10:45 AM

8. Any general that truely thinks we are winning should be fired tomorrow

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