Monday, July 21, 2008


John Nichols, Nation - After meeting with the Democratic presidential candidate inside the US base in Jalalabad, Afghan warlord turned provincial governor Gul Agha Sherzai told reporters, "Obama promised us that if he becomes a president in the future, he will support and help Afghanistan not only in its security sector but also in reconstruction, development and economic sector."

Translation: Obama is not listening. He is making commitments. Specific commitments.

Despite the fact that there are more foreign troops in Afghanistan today than at any time since the 2001 invasion - roughly 60,000 total, including 36,000 Americans - Obama is proposing to dispatch two more US combat divisions (comprising more than 7,000 soldiers) to Afghanistan. That will give the United States even greater responsibility for a technically NATO-led occupation. . .

Dramatic increases in the US troop presence in Afghanistan in the past year have done nothing to stabilize the situation on the ground in the country. In fact, US military officials acknowledge that attacks in eastern Afghanistan - the sector of the country where the majority of US forces currently operate - are up by 40 percent so far in 2008.


At July 22, 2008 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Afghanistan: graveyard of empires for over 2000 years.

Once again, the world owes the people of Afghanistan a huge thanks for grinding down the imperial U.S. of A.


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