Your finger or your life

I've disagreed with Dan about the wisdom of Obama's strategy in Afghanistan, but I certainly understand the case for stopping the Taliban. This article in the New York Times reveals both their deep hatred for Americans and their blood lust. A young Marine officer from Chapel Hill is quoted at the end of the article.

Another, an elderly man with a long white beard, said the Taliban fighters were sure to deal harshly with people who talked to the Americans.

“We’re afraid you’re going to leave this place after a few months,” he told First Lt. Patrick Nevins, an officer from Chapel Hill, N.C., who led the Marine unit into Tarakai.

“I promise you,” Lieutenant Nevins said, “we will be here when the weather gets cold, and when it gets hot again.” The Marines walked back to their base, and the Afghans back into their homes.

And when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again and when it gets cold again and when it gets hot again.

How will it end? In a hundred years, when and if American forces finally leave we leave, will there be a young man whose great, great grandfather was executed by the "American invaders" - a young man who emerges as the next charismatic leader, the Osama bin Whatever of the 22nd Century? Almost certainly.

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How it will end.

It certainly won't take 100 years for the U.S. empire to go bankrupt at this rate.

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"The natural wage of labor is its product." -- Benjamin R. Tucker
A liberal is someone who thinks the system is broken and needs to be fixed, whereas a radical understands it’s working the way it’s supposed to.

Yeah, apparently we're falling into the same trap as...

the British, Russians, etc. An occupation doesn't work when you're always the 'enemy'. Probably a 'good war' for the generals and colonels, but must be tiresome and tense for the grunts. We still haven't been able to extricate ourselves from Iraq, as it seems to be ready for the civil war that was predicted would happen when we left.

What really boggles the mind

Considering how bogged-down we already are in central Asia, only some extremely reckless imperialists would still consider attacking Iran or continue antagonizing Russia.

Why is Foreign Policy the least likely, of all policy areas, to really change from one administration to another? To me it seems to be a bad sign of what kind of economic interests are pulling the strings from behind the curtain.

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"The natural wage of labor is its product." -- Benjamin R. Tucker
A liberal is someone who thinks the system is broken and needs to be fixed, whereas a radical understands it’s working the way it’s supposed to.