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Out of the Iraq Frying Pan into the Afghanistan Fire? 9-2-09
Afghan Girl With the Green Eyes by Steve McCurry
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
NY Times Blog November 11-11-08
Twice in recent weeks otherwise excellent NY Times editorials endorsing and congratulating Barack Obama referred to the "necessary war in Afghanistan" without explaining what is so necessary about the war, what we expect to accomplish by it, at what cost and what the likelihood of achieving our goals there is, and whether to goals are worth the cost. Dexter Filkins's outstanding recent report on Afghanistan didn't inspire confidence in the likelihood of success of our policies there.
In the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq, the NY Times let the country down, lending it's front pages to misinformation about WMD and its editorial page in support of Bush's foolish, costly, counter-productive invasion of Iraq. I urge your editors to re-examine your position on Afghanistan. The lack of public discussion of this issue is unfortunate, in my opinion.
Moving troops from Iraq to Afghanistan may well be be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.
Ralph Deeds Birmingham, Michigan
9-02-09 NYTimes--Afghan Deputy Intelligence Chief Killed
- Afghan Deputy Intelligence Chief Killed by Bomb
The second-ranking intelligence chief in Afghanistan and an ally of Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber on Wed.morning in a blast that also killed 15 others outside the main mosque in the official’s hometown,near Kabul, officials said.
1-25-09 Afthanistan--Fearing Another Quagmire NYTimes
At last something in the NY Times questioning our policy in Afghanistan--an very good article by Helen Cooper on the front page of the "Week in Review."
Cooper raises the question: "Can President Obama suceed in that long-lamented 'graveyard of empires'--a place that has crushed foreign occupiers for more than 2,000 years." She points out that there is growing debate about Obama's planned 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan--"about whether--or how--the troops can accomplish their mission, and just what the mission is." Her article is well worth reading.
Right the Wrongs op-ed by Rachel Kleinfeld NYT
"Right at the Edge" Dexter Filkins NYT Magazine article on Afghanistan
- "Right at the Edge" by Dexter Filkins NYT Magazine 9-7-08
Dexter Filkins deserves a medal for bravery for his reporting on conditions deep in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, country of the girl with the green eyes. He makes clear what we are up against there in this inhospitable land.
NYT Blog 6-9-08
The odds are long against Jim Hoagland's hope that we can "turn Iraq into another Korea. A happy ending is unlikely for the United States or the people of Iraq, now or later. This vain hope would only prolong the agony.
"The Times' June 6 editorial "The Truth About the War" and Scott McClellan's expose of Bush-Cheney lies both failed missed the most basic point, i.e., that whether or not Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, our invasion was reckless and unnecessary.
The NYT, the Washington Post and network television all failed to question Bush's abandonment of our policy articulated by Dean Acheson and adopted by Harry Truman that successfully contained a very real nuclear threat from the USSR and China for more than 50 years. Bush adopted his preemptive strike policy with little discussion and hardly a whimper from the mainstream media who made it easy for Bush to lead us into a needless war that has become a disaster for our country and the people of Iraq. Almost without exception, the media failed to question, let alone oppose the Bush train as it headed over the cliff. NBC fired Phil Donohue because he spoke out against the war, and the Times gave front page coverage week after week to Judith Miller's inaccurate, to put it politely, reporting on Iraq. The "truth about Iraq" is that the war was needless even if the claims of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had been true, because whatever weapons Iraq had were contained and not likely to be used against its neighbors, let alone the United States.
We are fortunate that a change in the White House and the Congress is likely and that Carl Levin, who had the foresight and good judgment to vote against our needless and reckless invasion, will continue as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee where he will be in a position to help us effectuate an orderly withdrawal.
Ralph Deeds Birmingham, Michigan
Wikipedia on Afghanistan War
Google Map of Afghanistan
War Made Easy--full 70 minute Google Video
Buddhas of Bamiyan
6th Century Bamiyan Statues Destroyed by Taliban
Wiki Buddhas of Bamyan
Why the Taliban are Destroying the Buddhas
- USATODAY.com - Why the Taliban are destroying Buddhas
Why the Taliban are destroying Buddhas By W.L. Rathje, Discover Archaeology Magazine In the Diamond Sutra, the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni (whose lifetime crossed the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.), says to a disciple: Thousands of lifetimes ago..
Afghanistan--The Quagmire Awaits
- Afghanistan: The Quagmire Awaits
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