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Why is a military presence in Afghanistan such a consensus position ?


The US, the Brits, the French (yes the French !), the Australians, the Canadians, the Spanish, the Dutch the Japanese, the Italians and about everyone else has a military or "dual-purpose" presence in Afghanistan.

Why ?

Why is Afghanistan such a consensus place ? is it due to the drugs ? or the pretty views, or the fact, that like a tall mountain, no-one has ever (up to now) conquered the place (not even the locals !!), and to be the first would be nice.

Why is Obama "for" it ? Even the French are "for" it !

What has that country got to make it such a consensus place to invade and occupy ?

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