Real Time Thoughts on Meet the Press (October 11, 2009)


Okay, I had the whole post written up, when my battery died and I lost the whole shebang.  So, very quickly there are 3 takeaways from the this morning’s show.

1) The liberal democrats in Congress and around the country are most stridently against any likely troop increase in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Carl Levin is on the show today to represent that viewpoint.  His argument is instead that we ramp up training and support of Afghanistani troops, but refrain from adding more boots on the ground.  As my friend Mario might put it: it might be better to have leather soled wingtips than to have lug soled boots on Afghanistani soil

2) The generals (Myers and McCaffrey) think that one element of our strategy in trying to exit a stable Iraq is economic and social development.  This strikes me as a new belief that has only recently taken root in the miltary establishment.

3) The political argument against ratcheting up our military presence in Afghanistan is the same one that, eight years ago, supported non-intervention in Afghanistan.  The Taliban are not interested in attacking the U.S.  They have set political and social change of Afghanistan, and now, Pakistan as their goals.  These goals are consistent with U.S. national security strategy.  (This is, of course, the reason why the Taliban was able to route Kabul in 1996)  Given this, it is hard to make the case, that U.S. national security requires that the Taliban be soundly and permanently defeated in the region.

~ by Faheem Haider on October 11, 2009.

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