25 June 2010

Now, See Here's Your Problem ...

NY Times: Obama Says Afghan Policy Won’t Change After Dismissal

Our policy in Afghanistan needs to change.

We need to drop support for the corrupt Karzai government.
More here from the Council on Foreign Relations: Time for Sweeping Afghan Policy Review

The United States has embarked on a policy of state-building in a country with little tradition of a strong state. Making matters worse is that the Afghan government is riddled with corruption and the Taliban has the benefit of a sanctuary in Pakistan, which remains as much of a problem as it is a partner.

Such a policy offers little likelihood of enduring results that would come close to justifying the enormous costs--all at a time the United States faces a looming fiscal crisis and mounting strategic challenges in Iran and North Korea.

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