Monday, March 23, 2009

The exit strategy

Obama said in the 60 Minutes interview that we need an exit strategy from Afghanistan and “The Afghan Army and police are that exit strategy.” You know, there must be some middle ground between Bush’s messianic claims to be spreading freedom and democracy, and Obama’s disregard at best, cynicism at worst. After initially planning to force Karzai out, only to realize that there was no one else remotely capable of maintaining even the pretense of running a central government, the Obamaites are now leaking that they plan to make him a figurehead, with a “technocrat” prime minister or chief of staff of our choosing installed to really run the show. But the inevitable military coup will no doubt do just as well. I don’t see what could possibly go wrong with that scenario.

By the way, when are people going to start describing our military activities in Pakistan as a war and maybe, I don’t know, discussing whether it’s a good idea?

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