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01 September 2009


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Unless pentagon install the most brilliant political operator of the century in afghanistan by end of this week. That place is about to turn fratricide. It's about to turn into shooting gallery. (my advice act decisively. take out all bad operators on top. now. declare emergency, then instal competent player. Or afghanistan will turn into the biggest drug cartel operation and war zone known to history. 2 weeks from now, there will be nothing in kabul to save, within 2 months afghanistan will be nothing but dust and refugee, then winter sets in.)

Clifford Kiracofe

I would also note that the Obama-McChrystal strategy appears detached from regional considerations and any effective regional US diplomacy.

Russia, India, Iran, and China are directly affected by the Afghanistan situation, for example. Where is the discussion of diplomatic arrangements for a regional security approach to the Afghan situation?

The issue is framed as merely a US(NATO)-Afghan-Pak issue which it is not.

William R. Cumming

Pl! Assuming you are correct and the US should stay in for the long haul what do we now know about Taliban sources of supply for weapons, ammunition and leadership? Trying to learn about an area that I know virtually nothing about! Specifically integration of INTEl into ops, large scale or small scale! He was not perfect in analysis but wish a S.L.A. Marshall look alike would carefully review and post-mortem some of the ops from survivor interviews to documentation. Or would the USA now be classifying such analysis? What are they really teaching after the first decade (almost)at Leavenworth and the various War Colleges?


Afghanistan broke Alexander the Great

Did it?

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1325/little-support-in-nato-for-afghanistan-troop-increases>Few in NATO Support Call For Additional Forces in Afghanistan. Pew Research Center. Global Attitudes.


this is a very important issue for the USA -on par with Hamlet's "to be or not to be" - and I do not agree with one previous comment that this discussion is "group think" and "echo-chamber". It happens to be that the issue can only be seen in 'binary' fashion - either the USA must pull out of Aghanistan or it must get in get in deeper. Tertium non datur. And the only reasonable solution to preserve the USA from further military and financial catastrophy is to take the humiliation now and get out with some honor, than be defeated and ruined later.


To cite one of my role models, "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" Well, the Taliban has pretty free access to the lower end of the Paki munitions industry and I'm sure drug lords are never short of weapons. With enough $$, airdrops aren't out of the question. More down home, there are the cottage industries in Landi Kotal & Dara Adamhel up in the NWFP. Those folks can turn out just about anything you ask for (let's see, I know I've got that coach gun I had customed around here somewhere....). Quality ain't all that good, a Russki & Chinese AK aren't that far apart, but a homegrown from NWFP ... well, I'm just glad I didn't have to test fire one. They're loose, and goosey, but they get the job done, likewise the suicide vests & bike bombs.

As to how loving & giving they are to sensitive folks who just drop in for a year or two. Someone passing through gets melmastia, hospitality that's fairly open handed. If you're not of the tribe and need help, you can become hamsaya or get nanawateh ("protected" or be granted "asylum") from the folk, but if you step from the path, well, they ain't like Tom Wolfe's NYC liberals.



Re:"it will be interesting to see how China handles it's turn in the Sun."

Methinks the chinese understand the rise & fall of nations almost too well. The only thing to look out for is having future leaders within their party (parties?) tempted by the (foolhardy) lures of imperial expansion in the footsteps of Rome or Britain. & to trumpet their intolerance & supposed cultural superiority like some American leaders do.


has anyone considered buying off the afghan teleban a' la al-suads and egyptians?

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