Comments on: An honest assessment of Afghan mistakes, but what is next? http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Jim Haber http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/comment-page-1/#comment-399290 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:49:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20399#comment-399290 We can’t win in afganistan, so we should get out and take our 100,000 “contractors” with us

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By: Anne M http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/comment-page-1/#comment-399282 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 03:44:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20399#comment-399282 The problem is that we are not willing to do what is necessary to win – and you all know what that is. We have a president who is “uncomfortable with victory.” If we aren’t there to win then get out. Otherwise give ’em hell. NO PALE PASTELS!

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By: Survivor? http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/comment-page-1/#comment-399279 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 03:07:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20399#comment-399279 Seems to be following the Vietnam script.
Protect the population from insurgents -> strategic hamlets -> social, economic, psychological dislocation -> more insurgents.
Body counts are the road to victory -> free fire zones -> any armed Afghan (most when travelling) is a target -> more insurgents.
More responsive leaders -> keep trying coups until find a winner -> more insurgents.
Spend big, spend more -> support from arms manufacurers, chemical companies, computer suppliers, mercenary recruiters, other big media advertisers -> more insurgents.
Stop when national bankruptcy, conscription and civil war -> more insurgents (in the USA).

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By: john green http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/comment-page-1/#comment-399273 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:50:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20399#comment-399273 In Vietnam we came to the realization that we were hopelessly chasing success, because the South government was bent on self enrichment, while awaiting our delivery of success into their hands. The South government was weak and inept. It seems to be much the same with the Afgan goverment. My conclusion is to pull the plug now and leave them to the tender mercies of the taliban. Now or later the result will be the same – failure.

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By: TM http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/comment-page-1/#comment-399268 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 23:19:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20399#comment-399268 The need to restore confidence and create support of the Afgan population is conflicting with an obvious internal disarray and corruption within the Afgan state. We are and should not rebuild broken communities under the pretext of protecting ourselves on against terrorism. Defeating terrorism at Afganistan, then Pakistan, will just move it over to another-stan without real solution. A different approach is needed and we need to conserve forces to define and execute a different international defence against terrorism. We need to pull out of Afgan-Pakistan and regroup. with the same sense of urgency that seemed to work with the economic crisis.

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By: Mhammond http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/comment-page-1/#comment-399264 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 22:00:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20399#comment-399264 Why dont I see an article for getting out of Afganistan in any of the major news services? The public doesnt want this war and yet I see it being covertly promoted in all the major news services. Politicos are forcasting a dire future if we leave but no ones talking about the cost of the war and that the US will be so involved that it wont be able to respond if something major comes up. Also does anyone remember Vetnam? The public turned against that war and look what happened.

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By: f belz http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/21/an-honest-assessment-of-afghan-mistakes-but-what-is-next/comment-page-1/#comment-399263 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 21:48:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20399#comment-399263 Our government treats the people of Afghanistan exactly the same way that they treat the American public. They think that elections and programs will solve the problem. Our government always has someone to blame, be it the Iranians, terrorists, or the past former white house leadership.

History tells us that there has been a history of strife in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran and Vietnam. History also tells us that the English, the Russians, and now the US have been unsuccessful in resolving local conflicts. Like Vietnam we still have the problem of denial as to how things are, because we have leaders who want to look good rather than face the problem. If we need more troops pull them out of Germany and Japan and make those troop withdrawals permanent.

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