Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Afghanistan - Albatross 2

One military resignation in protest against the war does not a "tsunami" make. However, this officer's argument strikes at the heart of why the war will fail. It's elementary:

..."But many Afghans, [Marine Captain Mathew Hoh] wrote in his resignation letter, are fighting the United States largely because its troops are there -- a growing military presence in villages and valleys where outsiders, including other Afghans, are not welcome and where the corrupt, U.S.-backed national government is rejected. While the Taliban is a malign presence, and Pakistan-based al-Qaeda needs to be confronted, he said, the United States is asking its troops to die in Afghanistan for what is essentially a far-off civil war"....

The entire Washington Post article is here.

Obama is reportedly going to send more troops to Afghanistan. The albatross can only get heavier and the quagmire deeper if the ABC News report here is correct.

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