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Works Cited

“America Needs to Stay in Afghanistan.” The Atlantic,

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/afghanistan-trump-surge-obama-taliban

/537291/. The article is only 4 months old, The author of this article is Vance Serchuk. The

site has a “contact us” page as well as being from a well known magazine, The

Atlantic. Article about why we need to stay in America including why we are there and

what we have been doing for the country. It also includes what would happen if we were to

leave. “In fact, as a consequence of this initial “hands off” approach in

Afghanistan, the country soon found itself in a kind of political and security free fall. To his

credit, President Bush changed course in 2003, initiating a U.S.-led counterinsurgency

campaign that closely integrated military and political lines of effort, and began to yield

hopeful results.” “In fact, as a consequence of this initial “hands off”

approach in Afghanistan, the country soon found itself in a kind of political and security

free fall. To his credit, President Bush changed course in 2003, initiating a U.S.-led

counterinsurgency campaign that closely integrated military and political lines of effort, and

began to yield hopeful results.”

“The Case for Continued U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan.” Brookings,

www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/09/05/the-case-for-continued-u-s-involve

ment-in-afghanistan/. The website is a “.edu”, The article is only 4 months old, and it is

from a credible website. Article that talks about how long the war is, how there seems to be

no end in sight, it included quotations from higher people and it also included links to other

sources. It talks about terrorism and why we want to continue the war. “Fear of terrorism
constitutes the primary reason to remain in Afghanistan. Because the Taliban hosted

al-Qaida in the years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, many assume that the Taliban

would host al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations again should it gain power in all or

part the country.” ““A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists,

including ISIS and Al Qaida, would instantly fill just as happened before September

11.” Although the Afghan government controls only part of the country, its

presence impedes the Taliban’s ability to host the large-scale training apparatus that

allowed al-Qaida and other groups to flourish before 9/11. Government forces can raid

Taliban-controlled areas and disrupt camps, and the United States can fly drones or

otherwise strike any facilities with relative ease.

Macdonald, Norine. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Afghanistan.” Foreign Policy. From a

credible website, Foreign Policy, It has outside sources, the website has a “contact us” page

and there is an author to the piece. The White House review of U.S. strategy in

Afghanistan of what is good about it as well as what is bad about it. Gives opinions for

both sides. “64 percent of interviewees in Helmand’s Marjah district thought that

NATO forces were winning the war.” “This sharp rise in perceptions of military success in

districts which were the focus of the troop surge is encouraging. A poll recently

commissioned by The Washington Post, ABC News, BBC, and ARDTV also found

positive indications in Helmand with the number of people describing their security as

”good“ increasing from 14 to 67 percent.”


---. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Afghanistan.” Foreign Policy. The White House review

of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan of what is good about it as well as what is bad about it.

Gives opinions for both sides

O’Hanlon, Michael E., and David Petraeus. “Why the decision to keep troops in Afghanistan is a

good one.” Brookings Institution,

www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2015/10/16/why-the-decision-to-keep-troops-i

n-afghanistan-is-a-good-one/. Accessed 12 Dec. 2017. The website is “.edu” page, it has

an author, a contact us page and it has outside sources. It is about why we need to keep

troops in Afghanistan. “We went to Afghanistan for a compelling reason: to ensure that

Afghanistan never again served as a sanctuary for al-Qaeda, as it did when the Sept. 11,

2001, attacks were planned there under the Taliban. The importance of that mission

continues.” “The frequency of U.S. action against extremists in this area may decline

somewhat; indeed, it already has.”

---. “Why the decision to keep troops in Afghanistan is a good one.” Brookings Institution,

www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2015/10/16/why-the-decision-to-keep-troops-i

n-afghanistan-is-a-good-one/. Accessed 12 Dec. 2017. Afghanistan needs help rebuilding

It’s our mess to clean up

Government there is really not that stable

We need to protect our investment

PBS News Hour. Hosted by Judy Woodruff, PBS, 6 June 2017.


In this newscast Gen. David Petraeus describes what the future of the Afghan War. In this he also

describes why it would be foolish to leave Afghanistan. We know the source is reliable

because it comes from the expert testimony of General Petraeus. A point that would prove

our claim would be how he talks about how divided a country Afghanistan is.

“Ten Facts about the Afghanistan War.” The Borgen Project,

borgenproject.org/ten-facts-about-the-afghanistan-war/. The website is a “.org”, there is an

author, there is a contact us page. Ten facts about the war, full of things that are for as well

as against the war. All the facts are dated after September 11, 2001. “President George W.

Bush signed a joint resolution into law on September 18, 2001, authorizing the use of force

against those responsible for the September 11 attacks. The resolution was later cited as

justification by the Bush administration for decisions such as the invasion of Afghanistan,

eavesdropping on American citizens with the absence of a court order, and the operation of

a detention camp at Guantanamo Bay.” “The British invaded Afghanistan alongside the

U.S. In October of 2001, the U.S. and British militaries began a bombing campaign against

the forces of the Taliban. Other countries, like Canada, France, Australia and Germany

pledged future support at the time the bombing began.”

“The U.S. needs to keep Troops in Afghanistan.” The Washington Post,

www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/afghanistan-after-obama/2015/07/07/63dd6dc2-1e8e-1

1e5-aeb9-a411a84c9d55_story.html?utm_term=.07cfac9ea9e9.

This article describes why we need to keep American troops in Afghanistan. The author describes

the worst possible situation for Afghanistan were the US troops to leave. This is a reliable

source because it’s a well known and highly respected news source. This is making
our point by already planning for a future for Afghanistan that takes place after

Obama’s Presidency.

“U.S. War in Afghanistan.” www.cfr.org/timeline/us-war-afghanistan. Infographic.

This article is a military history of Afghanistan. It kind of represents a sort of private non-military

“Pentagon Papers.” The article goes on to suggest that the future of

Afghanistan is up in the air until we decide how we’re going to handle the

situation. This article is reliable because it comes from a well respected think tank. This

makes our point because it shows just how much it’s going to take to make

Afghanistan into a nice, freedom loving, American style democracy.

“The War In Afghanistan By The Numbers.” Think Progress,

thinkprogress.org/the-war-in-afghanistan-by-the-numbers-d9d32c0c3e2e/.

This article is mostly statistics of the Afghan War. It also provides some context into why those

numbers are the way they are. This article is valid because it is the news wing of a liberal

think tank called the “Centre for American Progress.” This article proves

our point because it talks about how much it would take to rebuild Afghanistan.

www.cnn.com. 5 Jan. 2015,

www.cnn.com/2015/01/05/opinion/bergen-keep-troops-in-afghanistan/index.html.

Accessed 12 Dec. 2017.

In this opinion piece Peter Bergen tries to make a case for continuing US involvement in

Afghanistan. He also lays out what might happen if the US were to order a full military

involvement. This article is acceptable because it comes from CNN a trusted news source.
The part that proves our point is the part where it talks how important it would be to keep

troops in the country.

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