We didn’t check with the Russians to see how did it -- they did there for 10 years
The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 in order to defend the recently installed Marxist-Leninist government from a U.S. and Pakistan-backed insurgency. The invasion was a fiasco — something like the USSR’s “Vietnam” — and its defeat was a major success of the Reagan administration. The war served as a rallying point for Islamic holy warriors from across the region, who learned vital lessons about conducting an insurgency campaign and defeating a much larger power. Among those who came to Afghanistan under the banner of Islamic resistance was Osama bin Laden, who received intermittent training and support from the CIA.
Btw, amazing that Eastwood could denounce the entire war in Afghanistan in a primetime speech at the Republican National Convention and receive raucous applause.
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