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Summary: "A new Senate report says billions of dollars in aid go to waste in Afghanistan, where the president is about to make a decision about troop levels. But as Andrew J. Bacevich argues, the question is a distraction from a far more fundamental choice."

A British soldier aims his weapon during a patrol in Nahr e Saraj, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 06/30/10. (photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)
A British soldier aims his weapon during a patrol in Nahr e Saraj, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 06/30/10. (photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

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+5 # Walt Seely 2011-06-09 13:21
I have read two of Andrew Bacevich's books (Washington Rules and Limits of Power) and I find him very accurate and astute. He is a retired IS Army colonel and also lost his son in Iraq, and thus has a personal involvement as well. We need to get out of there ASAP. Obama needs a massive wake-up call. We need not lose one more of our own troops or spend another dollar. The Taliban are in their homeland and we have no right to drive them out or kill them. This is not "defending the USA." And besides, we cannot afford it!
+1 # forparity 2011-06-09 18:01
yep - no more crap for us.

You may not be old enough to remember Afghanistan prior to the invasion - with the intent of conquering it - by the Imperialist Soviet Empire. If so, you'd probably remember that it shook President Carter so to the core, that he personally called the Soviet Premier, and threatened him with a preemptive nuclear attack.
+1 # Realist 2011-06-09 13:40
The indications are that Obama does not have the vaguest idea of what his job is as a president. Great speeches and nice photos do not replace leadership and common sense.
+3 # Dave W. 2011-06-09 16:21
Considering both "The Project for a New American Century" and the omnipresent Military Industrial Complex I don't believe we'll EVER see a complete military withdrawal in the Middle East. At long as there is Israel requesting that our blood stained sword stand ready and until the last drop of oil is extracted from the region leaving much of it a wasteland, future generations will still near mindlessly affix "Support the Troops" stickers to their vehicles(those fortunate enough to own one in the coming quasi-Fascist regime)and the "graveyard of empires" will merely see a "moving of the bodies."
Obama simply dances to the tune of perfidious flute players, grossly off key, always out of step.

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