Afghanistan, what to do? BrianInNYC

 

 
 

The truth of the matter is I don’t have a clue what is the right thing for us to do in Afghanistan.  That being said,  in all candor I don’t understand the rising opposition coming from the left regarding the president stepping up our troop commitment in the country.   After all increasing  troop strength in Afghanistan was something the president campaigned on.  Did people think he was making it up?  I understand that people are war weary  but lets not forget had the Bush Administration not screwed things up so badly in Afghanistan it’s very likely most of our troops would long be home. 

Are the people of Afghanistan to be further punished by premature withdrawal of American forces?  Are we American liberals so eager to desert the people to Afghanistan to the Taliban?  Have we become so short sighted that we have forgotten just how brutal a regime the Taliban was?  That being said I am not willing to the give this president (or any other for that matter) a blank check where Afghanistan is concerned.  The president needs to define the mission in Afghanistan and needs to set a reasonable time table with reasonable attainable goals.

 
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  1. Steve

    I am not sure why we continue to have a presence there either. I thought at one time that we were going to find or kill UBL. I don’t think that’s going to happen any more. Al-Qeada is really no longer a “concrete” group. It seems to me that they have scattered like rats permanently.

  2. Good to see the prez taking a chiding tone with Wall St.

  3. dnd

    One year after Lehman Bros. cratered. Time to bring Glass-Steagall back.

  4. TempeBev

    Loved the Salon article – “what a beautiful world”

    We should get out of Afganistan – we don’t have to take care of everyone else before we take care of ourselves, which we do a crappy job of doing.

    We’ve been through the sub-prime mortgage disaster. The next big economic fiasco will be when the prime mortgages come due and they can’t be paid.

    Everything seems to suck now days – the economy, education, health, and anything else because the two political parties that make decisions can’t seem to communicate.

  5. TempeBev

    PS – and did I mention again that racism is becoming mainstream because because people can’t stand the fact that we have something other than a “white” president.

    Latino’s are becoming the majority – wait until we have a Latino Prez – the south may rise again.

  6. This time Bev I say let them go!

  7. dnd

    I agree with Steve that the al-Qeada/Taliban link has probably fizzled. It would probably be cheaper to pay off the tribal leaders and opium farmers if we wanted to get rid of the Taliban. I’m guessing our presence there has something to do with Pakistan…

  8. dnd

    Bev,
    I don’t think racism is becoming mainstream. However I do think that it’s becoming politically correct with the right-wing fringe.

    What’s disappointing is that the MSM likes to cover sensationalist stories, and this is the one that is dominating the coverage.

  9. dnd

    A brain fart from the desk of dnd:

    Young people don’t wear watches these days. They are redundant. They all have cell phones and all the cell phones have digital clocks. For those few that do wear a watch, it’s digital. The alarm clock is digital. The clock on the DVD player is digital. The clock on the microwave is digital. The clock on the stove is digital. The clock in the car is digital. The clock on the coffee maker is digital.

    So I’m wondering when someone says that something rotates “clockwise” or “counter-clockwise” if these kids understand what that means.

  10. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Mon, September 14, 2009 — 8:08 PM ET
    —–

    Patrick Swayze, Who Starred in ‘Dirty Dancing,’ Is Dead at 57, A.P. Reports

    Patrick Swayze, the balletically athletic actor who rose to
    stardom in the films âeoeDirty Dancingâeť and âeoeGhost,âeť
    and whose 15-month battle with advanced pancreatic cancer
    drew wide attention, died on Monday, The Associated Press
    reported. He was 57 and lived near Los Angeles.

  11. dnd

    WASHINGTON—Jody Powell, who was White House press secretary and among the closest and most trusted advisers to President Jimmy Carter, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 65.

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_13335398

  12. Shall we speculate as to who will be the third?

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