Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sanity On Afghanistan

Big h/t to Andrew Sullivan for this. Everyone should read the whole thing, but the part that is the attention-grabber is an alleged quote from the British Ambassador to Afghanistan:

"Within five or ten years from now... (it would be positive) if Afghanistan were governed by an acceptable dictator... This outlook is the only realistic one and we should prepare our public opinion to accept it... In the short term we should dissuade the American presidential candidates from getting more bogged down in Afghanistan.... The American strategy is destined to fail."

My fascination with Afghan affairs constitutes something of a long term avocation on my part, and I couldn't agree more. Regrettably Obama is, if anything, even more enthusiastic about upping the ante in Afghanistan than McCain. We need to start planning towards withdrawing our forces now.

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