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We are warned about Afghanistan, but choose not to listen (part 2)

Continued from yesterday’s post… Unlike Iraq, we have had wise and eloquent warnings about our folly in Afghanistan.  Such as this article, which I strongly recommend reading in full. The Taliban Rope-a-Dome, Franklin Spinney, Counterpunch, 14 July 2009 Excerpt Every conflict, be it conventional or unconventional, embodies an amalgam of physical, mental, and moral effects. …

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Why are we fighting in Pakistan?

The Afghanistan War is absurd.  Extending our wars into Pakistan is insane.  For more moderate expressions of essentially the same view, here are essays from a diverse range of sources. ‘”Legends of the fail“, Manan Ahmed, The National, 7 May 2009 — About the decades-old tradition of experts predicting that Pakistan will collapse any day now.  Also …

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Stratfor: “The Strategic Debate Over Afghanistan”

This is one of the best reports I have seen from Stratfor in many years, high praise considering their quality of work.  The section in red nicely sums up our situation in Iraq.   The second half is confused, reflecting as it does the confusion of thought at our Versailles-on-the-Potomac and our delusions of hegemony. “The …

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“Strategic Divergence: The War Against the Taliban and the War Against Al Qaeda” by George Friedman

One of the few sensible voices I have heard about our strategy in Afghanistan.  A mild voice, as usual for Freidman, but a logical and incisive one.  Let’s hope decision-makers are listening. As usual, he provides no summary.  Note the bold emphasis I’ve added to his conclusions near the end. “Strategic Divergence: The War Against …

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