March 20, 2012

Afghanistan is lost

When the U.S. 'ally' Hamid Karzai says things like this, regardless if it is for the benefit of local consumption or not, Afghanistan is getting more complex by the hour:
The Americans in Afghanistan are “demons.”

They claim they burned Korans by mistake, but really those were “Satanic acts that will never be forgiven by apologies.”

The massacre of 16 Afghan children, women and men by an American soldier “was not the first incident, indeed it was the 100th, the 200th and 500th incident.”

Such harsh talk may sound as if it comes from the Taliban, but those are all remarks either made personally by the United States’ increasingly hostile ally here, President Hamid Karzai, or issued by his office in recent days and weeks
Afghanistan - the war president Obama claimed was the good war - is lost.  There is only one way left to win and that is to double down and stay for another decade.  Even that does not guarantee a free Afghanistan, it just makes it possible.  The problem is that that option will never happen.  It's far too costly and the payback for America is modest at best.  For a long shot, that's not really a good payout.

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