Will the war in Afghanistan bring down NATO?

Afghanistan has shown that the alliance has become "a corpse, decomposing," Hillier concludes. "Unless the alliance can snatch victory out of feeble efforts, it's not going to be long in existence in its present form."

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From Information Clearing House

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Too Big to Fail? Why All the President's Afghan Options Are Bad Ones

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com: "In the worst of times, my father always used to say, 'A good gambler cuts his losses.' It's a formulation imprinted on my brain forever. That no-nonsense piece of advice still seems reasonable to me, but it doesn't apply to American war policy. Our leaders evidently never saw a war to which the word 'more' didn't apply. Hence the Afghan War, where impending disaster is just an invitation to fuel the flames of an already roaring fire. As things go from bad to worse and the odds grow grimmer, our leaders, like the worst of gamblers, wager ever more."

//www.truthout.org/1102092

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Opium, Rape and the American Way
//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/11/02

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Recognizing the limits of American power in Afghanistan

Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

10/31/09

Candidate Barack Obama was widely seen as running on a peace platform. More recently President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for supposedly offering a new international approach. Yet he is considering a major military escalation in Afghanistan. Instead, the president should rethink Washington’s objective. The conflict has become his war. He should not ask, is Afghanistan winnable? Rather, the right question is what should the U.S. attempt to achieve? The goal should be to advance American security, not build an Afghan state...

//www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=10924


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