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Good luck with that, either that guy has gone or he's a dead man walking.

But the article quoted at the top presupposes that there is a strategy involved in what is happening. We all know that it is impossible to have a WWII style military victory in AfPak, so what is needed is a political strategy and a military policy that is driven by that strategy.

however, every man and his yak can see that Washington has entirely sub-contracted the conduct of the "Middle Eastern war" to either the Pentagon or, more likely, the encircling vulture military corporates who launder their profits through the tax efficient Hindu Kusch.

So there is no politics here, there's just a war. But even then, it is plain that the way that the war is conducted seems intended to inflame the situation. No wonder consultants talk about a generational presence in Afpak, they're going out of their way to create it. It is, after all,good for profits, good for the Pentagon, good for the recently established security industrial complex.

In fact it's good for everyone except the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan and America. but who cares about them ?

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 20th, 2010 at 05:00:39 PM EST
From different cables I think it is pretty clear that there is facesaving going on, everyone and their grandma knows that there is no victory in Afghanistan. But hey, lots of people appear to believe that the US 'surged' to winning the war in Iraq, so maybe the same will happen in AfPak.

  1. Proclaim surge (increasing troops are not really necessary, do photo-ops with fresh troops circulated in).

  2. Pay insurgents to pose as awakening councils.

  3. Pull the troops out of shooting range.

  4. Declare win and tell the media that nothing interesting will happen here any more.

The civil war rages on but only gets media when really big bombs explode.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 04:23:19 AM EST
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