The above link will take you to Charles Pena’s blog which was published in, The National Interest. In it Pena argues that the United States has accomplished its mission in Afghanistan and should therefore pull U.S. troops out of the country.

The blog I’m writing now is my reaction to the incorrect premises Pena uses in proving his conclusion that the U.S. has accomplished its mission in Afghanistan.

Below is Pena’s syllogism:

Premise 1) Authorization for the Use of Military Force approved by Congress on September 14, 2001 was “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”

Premise 2) The Taliban was driven from power in a matter of weeks. Al Qaeda’s senior leadership was disrupted and scattered over the next few years. And Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. Special Operations Forces in May 2011.

Conclusion) So, it’s fair to say, “Mission Accomplished.”

Where did Pena find proof of a United State’s mission in premise 1 and 2?

The authorization approved on 9/14/2001 cleared the way for appropriate U.S. military force to be used in a certain context according to premise one.

Those involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks took a blow according to premise two.

There is no mention of a United State’s mission in either premise, only cited is the U.S. militaries new role.

The approval of appropriate force instated on 9/14/2001 is similar to the approval of a police body to enforce the law and prevent crime. If the police bring the crime rate down to 0%, no mission has been accomplished. It remains the police bodies role to enforce the law and prevent crime.

The congressional authorization was implemented to use appropriate force against those people and groups who carried out or aided the 9/11 attacks. Today, those groups (Taliban and Al-Qaeda) are still largely intact and growing in power.

Published by Elliott Rodriguez

Hello No-Fluff No-Nonsense Reader, OK fine. My name's Elliott Rodriguez a writer working in Los Angeles. My degrees are in screenwriting and philosophy, and I specialize in crafting stories. I understand that people buy or don't buy things (ranging from products to philosophies) based on their understanding of it. My content is build on a bedrock of clarity. Here are some facts: Personal: - Highest on my list of priorities (next to loving, eating and sleeping) is the improvement of my writing skills by leaps and bounds every minute. My life is under-saturated with writing, reading, writing, reading and when I get the opportunities to do so in my sleep I do so. Random work experience: - One random and stimulating job encompassing both rebranding and revamping a Florida-based investigations agency and their website. - I have not worked at a copywriting agency. I did antique jewelry copywriting for three years at my dad's company which was probably a lot better in the sense that I got to take breaks whenever I pleased. What I'm doing now: -Writing YouTube reality scripts about NYC date pranks -Line producing (aka selling advertisement) for a couple of shows I'm not supposed to name -Writing a non-fiction book about my seven months of solo world travel, a screenplay about archaeologists in Afghanistan and a Coronavirus log Skills: -Interweaving humor, clarity, audience manipulation, simplicity and paradoxes into all of these topics: ethics, philosophy, mockumentaries, reality-TV, investigative journalism and sales What's really going on: -My forte is in story development. Every entity wants a meaningful storyteller, and I'm here to flesh it out, sculpt it up and manipulate the audience into wanting more. After graduating college with several script-coverage internships under my belt that were based in Hollywood, I thought, "What have I done? No backup Food Science degree?!" Now after years of hustling and traveling the world for seven months solo, I love my degrees more than stability. Things I'm currently doing to develop my creativity: - Writing in cursive with my opposite hand - Filling out IRS forms with my opposite hand - Learning the Spanish language by reading Don Quixote, piano playing and salsa-dancing - Reading seven books at a time including War & Peace, a book on Backgammon, A biography on Theodore Roosevelt, a 3,000 page book on ethics from university days, The War, Logic: How to Win Every Argument and Don Quixote -Meditating

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