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, September 22, 2013

News of the Day for Sunday, September 22, 2013

Three NATO troops are killed on an Afghan army base in Gardez by a man wearing the uniform of the "Afghan National security forces," according to a NATO statement. Gardez, Paktia province, is the site of continued fighting. All NATO forces in the area are U.S.

The Afghan National Directorate of Security claims it has foiled a plot to murder MP Ustad Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf. He is an Islamist who is running for president. The plotters were Taliban, according to NDS.

Pakistani officials say a rocket fired from Afghanistan killed 1 person and injured another in North Waziristan.

Taliban second in command Mullah Baradar is released from detention in Pakistan. The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the move as a step toward peace negotiations. However, some Afghan politicians oppose the move.

Fighting in Nangarhar is said to kill 4 insurgents. No word about government casualties (as usual).

DoD identifies Staff Sgt. Timothy Raymond McGill, of Ramsey, New Jersey, a member of the Rhode Island National Guard, as killed in action on Saturday.

And meanwhile, back in Iraq: Triple bomb attack on a funeral in Sadr City kills at least 65; hundreds injured. Four police killed, 16 injured in bomb attack on a checkpoint south of Mosul. Four residences are blown up in southern Mosul injuring 7. Two young men killed by silenced weapons in eastern Baghdad, 2 unidentified bodies found in northern Baghdad. Suicide attack on police HQ in Baiji kills 6 police. Let us all pause to thank George W. Bush for bringing the light of democracy and civic order to the long-suffering people of Iraq.