Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
An opinion piece by a Canadian columnist who says we are not winning in Afghanistan.
"The few Taliban fighters who are able to read would find your assertion that they will be hard pressed to wait out NATO laughable. While NATO looks for nice tidy end dates, Afghanistan is steeped in a tribal culture where time is irrelevant. The defending of honour or exacting of revenge could happen today, four years from now or a generation from now. The West has poured billions of dollars into the fight. We have jet fighters, helicopter gunships, tanks, artillery, unmanned drones and the best trained and equipped soldiers in the history of warfare. The mostly illiterate Taliban have AK 47s, Soviet era RPGs, opium to finance their battle and a few goats. Still they fight."See "West losing an unwinnable war", The Star, November 27, 2010.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
There are many critics of the Afghan war that make comparisons to Vietnam. USA Today has run an editorial stating that this is not the case in some aspects and takes the position that we do need to be in Afghanistan. Read more in "Our view on defeating al-Qaeda: Afghanistan echoes Vietnam, but the stakes are higher", USA Today, October 4, 2010.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Whenever someone has to make excuses about how things in Afghanistan are not going so well - as in election fraud, government corruption, ineffective army, etc. - the stock answer used by some is "Afghanistan is not Switzerland". Read an interesting article that explores this phrase. See "All together now: Afghanistan is not Switzerland", The AFPAK Channel, September 17, 2010.