Greenwald:

Advocates of escalation in Afghanistan chose Bob Woodward to “reprise his role as warmonger hagiographer” by publishing Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s “confidential” memo to the President arguing for increased troops. As Digby notes, the vague case for continuing to occupy that country is virtually identical to every instance where America’s war-loving Foreign Policy Community advocates the need for new and continued wars. It’s nothing more than America’s standard, generic “war-is-necessary” rationale.

It’s just the same old “experts” and “wise men” pursuing the same old failed policies.

What is needed is not more war, endless war, but, in Afghanistan at least, a justifiable rationale for the war to continue — a purpose, a goal, a definition of what would constitute victory.

But what if there isn’t, as there does not seem to be, such a rationale? Is it right to escalate a war without one? And is it right to send yet more men and women into such a war to risk their lives in purposeless battle?

(Cross-posted from The Reaction.)

MICHAEL STICKINGS, Assistant Editor
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Leonidas
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Leonidas
7 years 3 days ago

Obama has already staked his reputation too much on success in Afganistan. If he cuts and runs he will have proven his critics correct.

DLS
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DLS
7 years 3 days ago

What are the conditions that need to be met before we leave Afghanistan — and Iraq?

We should be preoccupied with details like that, that matter, rather than “endless war” loser-myths.

DaMav
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DaMav
7 years 2 days ago
What’s wrong with the following as a ‘justifiable rationale’? “Al Qaeda and its allies — the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks — are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al Qaeda is actively planning attacks on the United States homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan. And if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban — or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged — that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.” … As President, my greatest responsibility is… Read more »
Don Quijote
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Don Quijote
7 years 2 days ago

What’s wrong with the following as a ‘justifiable rationale’?

The hijackers did their planning in Germany and learned how to fly in the US…

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