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Issue Position: Afghanistan

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We must accept both the kinetic, and non-kinetic requirements for stability in that region; also known as "hard" and "soft power," we must deal with the fact that a U.S. presence in Afghanistan will be needed for years to come. The bottom line is that Afghanistan is a long term project that will include building and teaching (soft power), but those builders and teachers will need to be kept safe by soldiers (hard power) and anything less will result in failure.

Our only chance of preventing the Taliban from waiting out our eventual withdrawal and returning to power is to teach the Afghan people that they have alternatives and options outside of growing poppy for warlords. If we do not provide education and economic options, then history is doomed to repeat itself.


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