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He has no problem with that. There are other reasons for the debacle.
Yeah, we are protecting not only one of the world's largest opium poppy growing areas, but we are now in tacit control of the Afghani mineral wealth exactly like the Russians wanted to be.
Plus we have a wonderful jumping off spot to project American hegemony over the entire region.
The United States of America, like ancient Rome (in many respects) has become an empire and will stop at nothing to continue to expand it.