The top military commander in Afghanistan warns in a classified document that more US forces are needed within the next year or the mission "will likely result in failure," the Washington Post said Monday.
General Stanley McChrystal, the top US and NATO commander in the country, writes in a grim assessment of the eight-year conflict: "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."
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'As early as March 15, 2001, when Jane’s, the British international security journal disclosed the fact, the Administration was engaged in a “concerted front against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime.” Confirming the Administration’s intended violence, George Arney of BBC News wrote a story published September 18, 2001: “U.S. Planned Attack on Taliban.” In mid-July of 2001 a “senior American official” told Mr. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary that “...military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.”
Finally, on August 2 of 2001, the last pipeline negotiation with the Taliban ended with a terse statement by Christina Rocca of the State Department: “Accept our offer of a carpet of gold or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.”
Then, "only a few weeks before September 11, American diplomats warned of military actions against Afghanistan." (A statement by Mr. Tom Simons, a former ambassador to Afghanistan.)'
The bottom line here is, diplomats around the world knew this was coming. And what were we getting, courtesy of our corporate news agencies, in August of 2001?!? "All Gary Condit, all the time!!
This war has always been about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and protecting the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.
The Bush administration somehow had the collective bone-headedness to believe that a military confrontation in Afghanistan, for all the blood and money it would cost, would somehow be "cheaper" than the price the Taliban wanted for the oil pipelines. I hope their minions told that, very honestly, to every family member or friend of someone who has died in Afghanistan, or has come back hopelessly maimed physically or psychologically for life.
Apparently, during the Bush administration,the Pentagon, White House, and Congress collectively forgot that it was the US which had trained the Taliban in those guerrilla tactics they used so effectively tp cause the Soviet Union to leave Afghanistan.
We are continuing to pay a terrible price for that right now, in blood and money.
So, what do we do now?!?
Our options are very limited: we can leave, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing about the pipelines, or kill every Afghan left standing.
There is no middle ground here.