Afghanistan going to hell along with Iraq

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Afghanistan, the only place we needed to get right after 9/11, where there were al Qaeda, the same al Qaeda that brought us 9/11, where Osama bin Laden was, is going to hell, and our soldiers are gonna pay the price, thanks to the disasterous adventure in Iraq.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he wants to extend the combat tours of 1,200 soldiers amid rising violence, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was “strongly inclined” to recommend a troop increase to President Bush if commanders believe it is needed.

Gates also said Pakistan must act to stem an increasing flow of Taliban fighters into Afghanistan as U.S. military officials cited new evidence that the Pakistani military, which has long-standing ties to the Taliban movement, has turned a blind eye to the incursions.

The prospect of a troop increase in Afghanistan, at the same time Bush is ordering 21,500 more troops into Iraq, raises new questions about the military’s ability to sustain its war-fighting on two major fronts. There now are about 24,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the senior American commander here, said is the highest since the war began in October 2001.

A familiar story? Just check out the NY Times, it gets eerily similar to the mess in Iraq:

Officials also said the Bush administration was planning to double its aid to Afghanistan for training security forces and reconstruction this year in an effort to quell an insurgency that military officials here said Tuesday showed few signs of abating.

The senior American commander, Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, told reporters after a meeting with Mr. Gates that he was “hopeful” that the Bush administration would back a much larger aid package for training Afghanistan security forces and for reconstruction projects.

Pakistan has basically given up on anything serious regarding bin Laden or al Qaeda. The opium poppy production is huge. Karzai probably controls only the area immediately around Kabul. How about some more “consulting,” Mr. President?

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3 responses to “Afghanistan going to hell along with Iraq

  1. I didn’t object when we invaded Afghanistan, because Americans were so rabid still after 911 that I was literally afraid to. I knew it was a bad idea at the time, putting the warlords who destroyed Afghanistan in the first place back in power made about as much sense as reinstating Hitler or Stalin. What a mess, God help us all. JMO —Doug

  2. Jason357

    Strange how Bush always seems to do what benefits the illegal drug trade. He’s currently refusing to intervene to keep two Border Patrol agents out of prison for shooting a known drug dealer who came across the border.

    The way Bush is running the Afghanistan war, drug production is at historical records. As I said in another post, accidents are seldom that consistent. There’s a reason Bush doesn’t want strict border patrol on the Mexican border, and just happens to allow record poppy production in Afghanistan.

  3. irfan khan

    The appaling naivete with which bush administration has run this world affairs in particular n their national in general is awesome. We are looking at two wars with no end in sight and a nose dived economy . I seriously wonder if US citizens ever sit and contemplate why have they become the most hated nation on planet. The messiah they selected aka barrack obama shouting CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN has already lost few good yards before he takes to start point on 20th jan. Com on USA no one buys your ill concieved unsolicited advices on world affairs any more

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