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Going Out on a Limb Here: It is Past Time to Get Out of Afghanistan

afghanistan_rel_2003[1]While President Obama claimed that “Afghanistan is no Viet Nam”, I personally believe the similarities and the attendent boondoggles are close enough to make any differences moot.  I have borrowed the ideas for this thread from Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown, Vol. 11, No. 10, Oct. 2009.

First off, should our country be  going about our possible escalation of forces based on the judgement of a few generals?  Our president recently claimed that the mission in Afghanistan is “to disrupt, and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies.”  Hightower asks “what this mean? Is this what America should be doing?  Is it worth doing?” – All are questions that should be publicly debated.

Secondly, we’re in Afghanistan to whip Al Qaeda!  Uh… Mr. President, U.S. Defense Dept.,  Al Qaeda left Afghanistan a long time ago.  Al Qaeda’s main base is in Pakison.  Does fighting the war in the wrong country remind anyone else of a former president?

Reason number three: We’ll save the people from the Taliban.  The Taliban is not monlithic unified group.  They include illiterate farmers, former anti-Soviet warriors, roving bandits, opportunistic drug trraffickers.  They are a nasty outfit when it comes to their treatment of girls and women.  The Taliban, however, is not a surrogate for Al Qaeda.

Reason four: We must support the Afghan President.  President Karzai’s influence stops at the city limits of the capital city, Kabul.  Afghanistan, politically and structurally, is a tribal area where different smaller tribal leaders are the sole government that has any real meaning to the citizens.  There is no national government to protect.  Also, Karzai’s blatant corruption and electoral fraud, doesn’t speak well to the locals about U.S. support.

Reason 5: We’re Training the Afghan Army.  Given the sorry shape of the national military force, it could take up untold years and treasure to bring the Army up to minimally effective readiness.  There is an absolute derth of reliable military commanders for the Afghan Army and resolving this problem will take years.

Is it time to reconsider the Afghan mission?  Alternate opinions appreciated.

iggydonnelly

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How far is too far?

armycapturedprivatebergdahlFox News analyst Ralph Peters, on July 19th, said the Taliban should murder private first class Bowe Bergdahl. He claims he was told by a “high ranking military person” (whom he conveniently doesn’t name) that the soldier was a deserter. Inquiries by major news sources found no one in the military in either the Pentagon or Afghanistan to back that up. In fact they all say he was not a deserter. All this took place on that well known man of integrity’s show, Bill O’Reilly. Bill added the captured soldier must be crazy, but didn’t defend the soldier.

My question is: When does the first amendment line get crossed? You can bet that particular piece will be shown to Bergdahl by the Taliban, and used to further disassociate him from the reality that the military is doing everything in its power to rescue him. Some are even blasting Bowe for saying what he has about this country and the war in Afghanistan, but it’s the same thing McCain did when he was a captive in Hanoi. My personal opinion is Peters is giving aid and comfort to the enemy, and should, at the very least, be fired by Fox, and, at the most, be tried for treason, although that will never happen. I also feel O’Reilly should be fired as well for not jumping Peters immediately. That whole thing, as well as peters ridiculous attempt at explaining himself, crosses the first amendment line. The Republicans are jumping Obama for saying the police acted stupidly, but where’s the outcry from them about Peters? There’s a sad path of hypocrisy running through the Republican camp, and it needs to be addressed. The story:

jammer5

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Fighting the Taliban

149591-sign-showing-distance-to-other-major-cities-from-kala-bagh-kala-bagh-pakistanCNN) — A Taliban spokesman issued threats and ultimatums against Pakistani officials this week, as the country’s military continued its offensive against the militant group in the Swat Valley.

Speaking with CNN on Wednesday, Muslim Khan announced that all national and provincial parliament members from the Malakand Division, the northwestern region where the Swat Valley is located, must resign within three days. “Otherwise, we will arrest all their families,” Khan threatened, “and we will destroy all their buildings.”

As the Pakistani offensive continued against the Taliban, Fareed Zakaria interviewed the nation’s former president, Pervez Musharraf, for his show Sunday. Musharraf is a former chief of the Pakistan Army who took power in a 1999 coup and stepped down as the nation’s president under pressure last summer.

With Pakistan being a nuclear country, and the Taliban still controlling some of the outer provinces, is Obama correct in sending UCAVs into Pakistan and bombing known Taliban positions? It seems to me this is a more dangerous situation than Iran. If the Taliban take over the government, they will have access to nuclear weapons, and that spells nothing but hell for the entire region.

When Obama got the leaders of both Pakistan and Afghanistan together, suddenly Pakistan tore up the treaties it signed with the Taliban, and started attacking in force, with the end goal of wiping them out of the country. My thinking is this is something that should be used front page to bolster Obama’s standing concerning making this country safe, something the Republicans are trying to quash by using Notre Dame and Polosi as spin to deflect it. Any thoughts?

jammer5

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