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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Update for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Oops. U.S. air strikes in Syria kill at least 56 civilians near Aleppo today, after killing 60 civilians near Manbij yesterday. Collateral damage, don't you know.

It's a good thing climate change is a hoax engineered by the Chinese or we might have to blame somebody for 120 degree Farehnheit temperatures in Baghdad today, with hotter temperatures expected tomorrow. A holiday from work has been proclaimed. Oh yeah, lots of people don't have electricity.

Aid agencies are trying to prepare for the expected exodus from Mosul but time and money are running short.

PM Abadi has accepted the resignation of 6 ministers.

Turkey resumes the air campaign against the PKK after the failed coup.

Ministers from 30 nations are meeting in Washington, D.C. today to discuss combatting IS. The focus appears to be the military campaign in Iraq, particularly the coming assault on Mosul.