The Shame and Folly of Obama's Afghan War

Surging Into Disaster
//www.lewrockwell.com/margolis/margolis172.html

The Shame and Folly of Obama's Afghan War
//www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/lindorff6.1.1.html

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The Bush-Obama War

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Now it's Barack Obama's war. After campaigning against "George Bush's War" in the Middle East, Obama has escalated that war. By transferring thousands of America's forces from Iraq to Afghanistan, and by sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, the liberal Democrat has demonstrated that his administration is not so different from that of his "conservative" Republican predecessor. While I was crisscrossing America during the campaign season last year, I repeatedly........

//www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin553.htm

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Meanwhile...

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Ever since President Obama's speech last Tuesday, all media, political and public attention has been focused exclusively on the war in Afghanistan. The president mentioned Iraq a few times in the speech, mostly to blame that situation for the situation in Afghanistan. At one point, however, he seemed to be making the shocking claim that the war in Iraq has been a success. 'We have given Iraqis a chance to shape their future, and we are successfully leaving Iraq to its people,' he said. Hm."

//www.truthout.org/1207098

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White House Chorus: We Will Occupy South Asia for 'Long Time'
//www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/07

Escalating Afghan War Mocks Hopes of Peace, Good Will
//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/07-9

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Best performance in a farce

AntiWar.Com
by Kelley B. Vlahos

12/08/09

Within the last 11 months, while 500 coalition soldiers have perished and thousands have been wounded on the battlefields of Afghanistan, the Obama administration has treated the rest of us to an elaborate, Oscar-worthy performance of how to act in charge from the back seat of a car. In other words, instead of approving the tens of thousands more in reinforcements military leaders said they needed to win right away, the president spent most of 2009 trying to look deliberative and in charge — and pleasing no one. Turns out the escalation was hardwired from the beginning. He’ll do what the military wanted all along. It makes one wonder which is worse — the escalation itself, or leaving the operation foundering in virtual limbo for a year while this kabuki theater ran its course...

//tinyurl.com/yk99poa



The march of folly

CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

12/07/09

It will be a long and unnecessary war. President Obama is sending 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to prove that the US can impose its will on the country and crush by military means what is still a relatively small scale insurrection. The real reasons for escalating the conflict are very different from those declared by Mr Obama...

//counterpunch.org/patrick12072009.html


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