Bush

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George W.

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A Quote from the book

Decision Points ~ page 220

by George W. Bush:

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As I write in 2010, the war in Afghanistan continues…

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don't cry for me

Taliban

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The Taliban remain active and the Afghan government is struggling to gain full control of its country…

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U.S. Soldier in north-eastern Afghanistan

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From the beginning, I knew it would take time to help the Afghan people build a functioning democracy consistent with its culture and traditions.  The task turned out to be even more daunting than I anticipated.  Our government was not prepared for nation building….

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rock road

High in Afghanistan…

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Over time we adapted our strategy and our capabilities.  Still, the poverty in Afghanistan is so deep, and the infrastructure is so lacking, that it will take many years to complete the work…

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Young Barack Obama

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I strongly believe the mission is worth the cost.  Fortunately, I am not the only one.  In the fall of 2009, President Obama stood up to critics by deploying more troops, announcing a new commitment to counter-insurgency in Afghanistan, and increasing the pressure on Pakistan to fight the extremists in the tribal areas…

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Young George W. Bush

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Ultimately, the only way the Taliban and al Qaeda can retake Afghanistan is if America abandons the country.  Allowing the extremists to reclaim power would force Afghan women back into subservience, remove girls from school, and betray all the gains of the past nine years.  It would also endanger our security.  After the Cold War, the United States gave up on Afghanistan.  The result was chaos, civil war, the Taliban takeover, sanctuary for al Queda, and the nightmare of 9/11.  To forget that lesson would be a dreadful mistake…

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Children of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

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George W. Bush Presidential Library:

http://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu

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