TARGETED KILLINGS IS NEW U.S. FOCUS IN AFGHANISTAN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


TARGETED KILLINGS IS NEW U.S. FOCUS IN AFGHANISTAN

When President Obama announced his new war plan for Afghanistan last year, the centerpiece of the strategy — and a big part of the rationale for sending 30,000 additional troops — was to safeguard the Afghan people, provide them with a competent government and win their allegiance.

Eight months later, that counterinsurgency strategy has shown little success, as demonstrated by the flagging military and civilian operations in Marja and Kandahar and the spread of Taliban influence in other areas of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nine years on, the only way out will be through a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.

At that point, the US will need to negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights, which puts the US squarely where it was in August of 2001, when the Bush administration thought that the price being demanded by the Taliban was "too high", and that somehow, a war - and the cost in blood and money - would be "cheaper".

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