The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Sunday, February 3, 2013

News of the Day for Sunday, February 3, 2013

IED kills a family of five, including two young children, as they are driving in Helmand province.

Two police officers are killed by an IED elsewhere in Helmand.

At a Kabul conference on security, the chief of the Transition Coordination Commission, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadza, says the government has neglected the provinces of Logar and Maiden Wardak, resulting in less security and creating a threat to security in Kabul. "The Minister of Education Farooq Wardak, who is a former Wardak resident, agreed with the TCC's claim that the government had neglected the two provinces. "The security condition in Maidan Wardak and Logar was very good in 2006 and 2007. However, it became worse because of the inconsideration of the government."

President Karzai is in London  for a summit with British and Pakistani leaders.

In Pakistan, meanwhile, suicide attack on a military post in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province leaves 13 soldiers and 11 civilians dead . Taliban spokesman says the attack is in retaliation for a drone strike. "The Pakistan army and security forces provide assistance to the US for drone strikes. So, we are taking revenge for their cooperation with the US."

Remember Iraq, which used to be the focus of this blog? As you may have read, John McCain spent considerable time badgering SecDef nominee Chuck Hagel to admit that he was wrong to have opposed the so-called "surge" in Iraq, which McCain insists totally worked. That's because John McCain has been paying no attention to Iraq, which is steadily coming apart at the seams. Attack on police HQ in Kirkuk leaves 33 dead.


Dancewater said...

the myth of the surge lives on, and the reality of Iraq is ignored.

And someone had the stupidity to argue that 'just because Iraq was a debacle' does not mean we should refrain from interfering in Syria! They totally ignore how Iraq was so very much worse than Syria is today. (Amazingly, our media can report on the deaths in Syria - but could not/did not on Iraq. Ditto for the refugees. What a bunch of corporate whores our mainstream media is!)