Part 4 –The Beginning of the End – June 18, 2013 came and went with little coverage by the media on the monumental milestone in the Afghan War. U.S. and NATO/ISAF forces made the transition into a supportive role in Afghanistan, leaving the Afghan Government and its people to carry the weight of maintaining security and civility in their own country. This is a win or loses situations; Afghans future lies in Afghan hands now.

“You are the sons and guardians of this country, and it is your responsibility to protect it,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai told his troops at a handover ceremony in Kabul. “I wish a long-term peace in Afghanistan.”

INFIL Rant: The responsibility has been turned over to Afghan forces now. U.S. and NATO/ISAF forces have cleared, held, established, trained, equipped, sacrificed and mentored all that they can. At some point, you must stand-up and take the future of your country into your own hands. If Afghanistan fails now, that failure rest solely on the Afghan people and their will to want a civilized society, free of the Taliban’s death grip.

Trained, Mentored and Equipped
Trained, Mentored and Equipped

If al-Qaeda or some other wannabe extremist group wants to weasel their way into Afghanistan to setup shop, train and export its newest flavor of terrorism, than it will be your responsibility to remove or crush them. If we have to carpet bomb your country again, you are not getting it back; we can sell it to China to be used as a landfill.