Ignoring the extent to which his victory last November relied on a widespread discontent with America’s ongoing wars, Obama is moving ahead with his plans to escalate the conflict in Afghanistan. In addition to the planned infusion of 20,000 to 30,000 additional American troops into the perpetually war-torn country, Obama is planning “a new American approach…that will put more emphasis on waging war than on development,” according to an article in today’s New York Times.
Apparently, despite the fact that “NATO has not met is pledges for combat troops, transport helicopters, military trainers and other support personel in Afghanistan,” Obama is counting on our allies to pick up the slack on reconstruction, allowing the Americans to pursue a more aggressive combat role.
In other news, according to the Januay 12 issue of the American Conservative, our own CIA “is predicting that the Taliban will have a sustainable presence in 75 percent of the countryside within a year and will effectively control all access roads into Kabul from the south and east. The Agency believes that President Hamid Karzai will move to cut a deal with the Taliban to save his own extremely unpopular and incompetent administration….”
Meanwhile, I’m still trying to remember what the hell we’re doing there in the first place.Published in