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07 Oct

EIGHT LONG YEARS

On Afghan War Anniversary, Obama Weighs Options With Security Team

THE DEBATE… Robert Scheer: A War Of Absurdity… New Documentary: Rethink Afghanistan… Jeff Stein: Gen. McChrystal Is No MacArthur… Malou Innocent: Defining Victory To Win A War… Derrick Crowe: McChrystal’s Strategy Is Not Working… Jon Soltz: Questions All Americans Should Ask About The War… Marc Lynch: What’s Wrong With Muddling Through?

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mary

This is, again, what Bush and the neo-cons have left us. If, instead of invading Iraq (for what purpose?), we had focused on capturing bin Laden and had invested a fraction of what we have spent in Iraq (and continue to spend) in relief for the Afghan people (for example, building schools for their children to become educated and citizens of the world, which now, belatedly we are doing), we could have co-opted the Taliban and al Queda in Afghanistan. Instead, we abandoned Afghanistan for the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. We will now see what the consequences of such stupidity and arrogance will be.

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