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Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets to discuss Afghanistan

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Really, this is a great post over at Fletcher Reflections about the recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Afghanistan.  It starts like this:

Last week, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations met to discuss the war in Afghanistan.  Two hearings titled Exploring Three Strategies for Afghanistan and Countering the Threat of Failure in Afghanistan were intended to address how America should proceed in Afghanistan.  Presiding over the hearings was Massachusetts  Senator John Kerry who commented in his opening statements that the US lacked “realistic” goals in Afghanistan.

“I am concerned by where we are today in Afghanistan – about the rising number of casualties among our troops and those of our allies, about the deeply flawed presidential voting that took place, about the impunity with which drug traffickers operate, and about the rampant corruption undermining the faith of Afghans in their government and ours.”

Read more at Fletcher Reflections.


Written by gringolost

September 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm

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  1. “For me, this balance is a close call but ultimately favors the waging of war in Afghanistan…. Perhaps the most important conclusion is instead that the choice is unavoidably hard: what analysis can show is that there is no course open to us that is without important downsides – there is no easy way out of Afghanistan for the United States in 2009.”
    Dr. Steven Biddle

    Dr. Biddle’s sobering analysis of our choices and the consequences of our actions or inactions in Afghanistan is truly chilling reading. I hope Sen. Kerry was listening, though I doubt it.

    Without a sense of certainty of resolve, unity of purpose, cost/ failure analysis, and willingness to sacrifice are clearly understood and weighed by both our NATO’s partners, our government and the American people; I fear all of the above parties will take the path of least resistance. What I call the ‘ostrich option’. Already the NATO country’s involved are clearly not shouldering their burden and are fractured and divided.

    In the United States we are anything but united on this war. Most Americans tend to show their ‘resolve’ by putting a yellow ribbon on their SUV. But it’s alway’s not my son/daughter. As both you and I know, Freedom ain’t Free. Keep up the fire GL, and thanks.


    September 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    • The proverbial “house of sand” may be about to fall, with McChrystal’s new report explicitly pleading for a “unity of purpose” (as you say, he says “unity of effort”) and the need for more resources, soon.

      Meanwhile, Obama is wavering and with both Senators Kerry and Lugar are expressing doubt. The level of troop commitment may be in jeopardy. And in my opinion, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. But just like the Alamo, we must never forget Afghanistan. So if that means having CT capabilities for a long-time to come, then that’s what it should be.


      September 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

  2. I think history shows that we did in fact forget Afghanistan after the defeat of the Soviet Union. This I believe was our greatest mistake was not lending a helping hand in rebuilding Afghanistan after the Soviet defeat when we were seen by most Afghan’s as a friend in 1989.

    Sadly, or should I say conveniently, the lessons of history were lost to those in power who had ‘the watch’. As long as Afghan’s were killing other Afghan’s nobody cared. When the Taliban finally restored a semblance of order, again nobody cared a whit about Afghan human rights, women’s right’s, or any other right for that matter until four jumbo jets hijacked by Saudi extremist’s slammed into American soil on 9/11.

    The dirty little secret was the Wahhabi’s had been funding the madras’s in that gave birth both to al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan. The Kingdom of Saud now has turned it’s attention to Indonesia, the most populous Islamic country in the world. If we choose wrong and by pulling out of Afghanistan is seen as a victory for the Islamic radicals; be sure that no amount of CT op’s are going to contain the unintended consequences of such an action.

    In short, I don’t know the answer, nor the way out of the ‘tar pit’ we find ourselves in. But I do know a life and death struggle when I see it. ORLL, sit back, pop a beer, watch American Idol, and forget the Alamo. History will be the judge.


    September 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

  3. Slightly off the subject maybe, but a plea for you to consider the ethics of buying items like designer clothes. Do try and think about, for example, the things the item is manufactured with, the human rights of the factories where they’re manufactured and the ethics of retailers. And endeavour to recycle instead of throwing away. Thanks!!!!

    Canada Goose

    April 27, 2010 at 4:56 am

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