Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Afghanistan. Get out. Now.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Three related  news items from the past two days:

1. The Washington Post reported this week that Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a meeting with Gen. David Petraeus two months ago, during which the diminutive Afghan leader became" agitated, then enraged.” Karzai then declared that he now has three "main enemies" —  the Taliban, the United States and the international community.  "If I had to choose sides today, I'd choose the Taliban," declared Karzai.

2. Six American soldiers were killed and more than a dozen American and Afghan troops were wounded Sunday morning, when a van crammed with explosives blew up at a U.S.-Afghan outpost in southern Afghanistan.

3. Senior U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, known for brokering an end to the Bosnian war, died Monday at age 69, after a 21-hour operation for a torn aorta. The Washington Post reports that Holbrooke's last words came just before the operation: "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”

Or, to paraphrase lyrics from Country Joe & the Fish, who sang in the late 1960s about another, bigger, though equally pointless, war: “And it’s 1, 2, 3, what are we fightin’ for?” (Thanks to special correspondent Mike for the idea.)

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