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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Longest, Costliest, Endless War

Two Years Ago:
Some Question the Purpose of War in Afghanistan
By Anna Mulrine
Posted: October 23, 2009

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates took to the talk shows to explain just why he thinks Afghanistan isn't destined to be the graveyard of all empires. The Soviet Union's dismal failure in the country doesn't compare with America's current circumstances, he said. "They conducted a war of terror against the Afghans," killing 1 million people and creating 5 million refugees. The Soviets also tried "to impose an alien social and cultural change on the country. So the situations are completely different," Gates concluded.

... as President Obama convenes his war council again this month to discuss U.S. strategy, including whether to fulfill Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops, U.S. officials have made no secret of the fact that they are growing more concerned with endemic Afghan corruption. This is particularly true in the wake of the widespread allegations of fraud in August's presidential elections.

(corruption, allegations of fraud in US presidential elections? what have we to teach them? is greg mortenson out of hiding yet?)

that was then, this is now:
Afghanistan: America’s Longest War – A talk by Anand Gopal
July 3, 2011

2.What is the purpose of this war? Originally the reasons given were to make Americans feel safe and to defeat Al Qaeda. Journalist Anand Gopal said that he was in Afghanistan when bin Laden was killed and he got lots of calls from international media on how local Afghanis were responding. He said they were going about their lives in normal fashion because not only do Afghanis not care about bin Laden, they see the real enemy as the foreign occupier. Unfortunately since the US has invested so much in a victory, they are going to stay until they can determine there is a victory. This will mean permanent bases, putting in power a client state and maybe remove all troops by 2014.

(But wait a minute.. wasn't this longest, most expensive war about getting Bin Laden? Can't they come home yet?)


Anonymous said...

one word: poppy