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30 November 2013

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Bandolero

I just want to brng you to notice this message from Xinhua today:

Russia to maintain stability in Afghanistan: Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that his country is ready to work with other member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to guard peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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Source:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-11/30/c_132929832.htm

Looks like good timing to me.

turcopolier

bandolero

That sounds like a good solution. Whatever else you may say of them the Chinese are unlikely to tolerate abuse of women and other medieval nonsense. In any event the Afghans deserve a Sinorussian co-dominium, and this would get us out of the damned place. pl

FB Ali

It isn't only the kleptocrats in Kabul who want the US to stay, it is also the kleptocrats in Washington, and the network of contractors who feed at this trough.

Norbert M Salamon

and where is Falkenberg {??] to save the co-dominion? or the Moties?

turcopolier

nms

Yup. We need Falkenberg's legion. pl

turcopolier

FB Ali

Absolutely, the thieves extend far and wide. pl

Matt J.

Or Lt Col. Anton Vereshchagin's 1st Battalion, 35th Imperial Infantry (Rifle). Check out Robert Frezza's trilogy (Small Colonial War, Fire in a Faraway Place (the best) & Cains Land), better than Pournelle's series (IMO).

bth

Col. if we stop financially supporting the central government of Afghanistan, will it collapse?

turcopolier

bth

Perhaps. Does it matter? pl

Fred

Why should we care? What the hell do they do for us?

bth

Yes it might especially if we felt we needed an airfield and a base of operations in the region, perhaps in the northern areas should the central government become hostile or dysfunctional.

turcopolier

bth

IMO there is nothing in Afghanistan that we need enough to maintain basing there. CT operations should be run from outside Afghanistan using clandestine methods, police and intelligence liaison, diplomacy that seeks foreign state cooperation in these matters and a continuation of air attacks on specific targets. pl

confusedponderer

"diplomacy that seeks foreign state cooperation in these matters " i.e. Pakistan, the three Stans, and, Iran.

I wonder, is there enough foresight in DC for that not to be an accident?

turcopolier

CP

I would include many more countries in that list. pl

Babak Makkinejad

I seriously doubt that either China or Russia will do anything than building a cordone sanitaire around the relevant borders with Afghanistan.

They might elect to fund this or that militia to keep harm away from them.

But it is inconceivable for me to consider them taking on more than that.

There is nothing in it for them.

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