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November 17, 2009

Afghanistan: Ain’t That The Problem?

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The AP couldn’t express it in any taller terms.

As long as Stanley and the U.S.A. are fronting for the crooked, discredited Karzai, we’ve got nothing to say.

(photo: Anja Niedringhaus. caption: Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander for Afghanistan, talks in front of a giant poster of Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a ceremony with the Afghan Air Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. Two new C-27 transport planes were donated by Italy and the United States to the Afghan Air Force)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p00e5523476cc8834 DennisQ

    I wish somebody would tell me that General McChrystal is not as naive as he looks. He strikes me as a real Dudley Do Right. What’s he doing in the middle of Afghanistan?
    General Westmoreland commanded U.S. forces in Vietnam because he looked the part. He was tall and elegant, right out of central casting. It appears that General McChrystal may have been selected for a similar trivial reason. Obama asked around, “Who have we got that’s sneaky enough to work with the Afghans?” McChrystal’s background in black ops probably put him to the top of the list.
    I am distinctly unimpressed by him. It’s true that he replaced General McKiernan who wasn’t doing much more than keeping the chair warm. But McChrystal is too much of a lightweight for the command he’s been given. Not that Karzai’s all that big a deal either. He’s a crook, but he’s our crook. Is that a credential?
    We don’t belong in Afghanistan, especially if McChrystal is the best we’ve got. How many people are going to die because of stupid generals?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/stevelaudig stevelaudig

    This isn’t a reply to Dennis but is the only route I can go to post here. I’m working off a MacBook and can only post via a reply. I wanted to remind folks of South Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Thieu. In 1971, Thiệu ran for re-election, but his reputation for corruption made his political opponents believe the race would be fixed, and they declined to run. As the only candidate, Thiệu was thus easily re-elected, receiving a suspiciously high 94% of the vote on an 87% turn-out. I’m not seeing any daylight between Thieu and Karzai.

  • Sandra

    I’m not seeing any daylight, period. None in this photo. None in the faces of war, occupation, death, profit.

  • Gasho

    This war is confusing. I’m a regular political blog reader and consider myself pretty well informed, but if a 10 year old kid walked up to me and asked me why we were at war in Afghanistan I don’t think I could provide a good answer — if any answer. To me, McCrystal looks like some kid just asked him the same question. He’s stumped, too.
    Right now, we’re pretending that we can prevent religious radicals from plotting attacks on us by sending troops to a country where there are a bunch of religious radicals and dropping bombs on them and their countrymen from drones. There must be a word for when someone is trying to solve a problem from the wrong end. ‘BassAckwards’ is as close as I can come to it. We are trying to stamp out the effect, when we should be focusing on the cause. Once you change the cause, the answer solves itself. Focusing on the effect without changing the cause keeps you solving the problem in perpetuity.
    Bush’s answer to ‘why do they hate us? They hate us for our freedoms!” set us back decades on this problem. We need to re-ask the question and look at it intelligently this time around.

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