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The war in Afghanistan is self-perpetuating. The United States is funding both sides of the war with borrowed money while back home, the nation is locked in a long recession with high unemployment with no end in sight.

The U.S. intelligence community seems to be more interested in perpetuating its own interests in Afghanistan by drawing out the war as long as possible.

You make a compelling, if dispiriting, case.

We're screwed.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Nov 23rd, 2010 at 01:17:38 PM EST
I don't think that Afghanistan is what will screw the US over. In terms of American lives lost, it's barely even a rounding error (Afghans is another story, but unfortunately they cost the Americans nothing). In terms of political capital, well it's not like the US has any left to lose after Bush. And while the treasure wasted there is significant, the military would have just found another way to get its pork if Afghanistan hadn't been there.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Nov 23rd, 2010 at 01:42:10 PM EST
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I am reading the different reports about NATO planning to leave - "hand over to Afghanistani forces" - in 2014 as Obama planning to declare victory next year and start pulling out troops in time for the 2012 election.

Attempts to buy of the Pashtun insurgency indicates a similar strategy as in Iraq. Pay the winning insurgents not to attack while the US pulls out. Since Awakening Councils has already been used, maybe they will use a different term for the temporarily bought insurgents.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Nov 23rd, 2010 at 03:14:56 PM EST
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