Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It ain't just us ...

Who see Afghanistan as a no-win situation:

When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.


But last month, in a move that has sent ripples all the way to the White House, Hoh, 36, became the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe simply fueled the insurgency.

"I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," he wrote Sept. 10 in a four-page letter to the department's head of personnel. "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end." [my em]


You and me both, pal. The only reason we went there to begin with was to give George Bush and the neocons a stepping stone into Iraq. Any goals they had to turn Afghanistan into some sort of democratic nation and "bring them freedom" was all bullshit to get the American people on a war footing; to tie Saddam to al-Qaeda. Believe you me, were it not their route to Iraq, we wouldn't be there right now. We should call it as such, pack up, and get out.

Great thanks to Nicole for the link.

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