Why Are We Still in Afghanistan?

GLENN LYONS

salon.com - The country poses no threat to the U.S., but the war costs lives, drains the treasury and makes.

//www.ourfuture.org/progressive-opinion/2009104322/why-are-we-still-afghanistan

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The Three Fallacies that have Driven the War in Afghanistan

Case for escalating the war is based on premises that turn to dust on inspection

By Johann Hari

Obama has to decide now whether to side with the American people and the Afghan people calling for a rapid reduction in US force, or with a small military clique demanding a ramping-up of the conflict.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23791.htm



Cheney failed on Afghanistan

A day after former Vice President Dick Cheney charged the Obama administration with "dithering" over its strategy for the war in Afghanistan, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs returned fire with guns blazing.

//news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20091022/pl_politico/28614


From Information Clearing House

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How to get out

The Nation
by Robert Dreyfuss

10/21/09

There is no likelihood that the current US war in Afghanistan can achieve its aims (a narrower goal, the elimination of Al Qaeda, has for the most part already been accomplished). … Accordingly, the first step for Washington must be to abandon the idea of a decades-long counterinsurgency, fire its advocates — including Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Gen. David Petraeus, architect of the Counterinsurgency Field Manual — and admit that the multiheaded insurgency in southern and eastern Afghanistan can’t be defeated by military means. At the same time, the Obama administration will have to give up its massive nation-building project, dismantling the empire of US departments, agencies, provincial reconstruction teams and the rest now overseen by Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy...

//www.thenation.com/doc/20091109/dreyfuss


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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