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Top Officials Reiterate Pledges to Continue Afghan War

• Jason Ditz via
On the eve of the latest policy conference, top US and NATO officials have arrived in Kabul to pledge their support to the continuation of the Afghan War, with promises of an unending commitment to propping up the Karzai government going forward.

At the center of this new pledges, which look remarkably the same as the old pledges, is a new drawdown date in 2014. The date, which had actually been bandied about for over a year, was ostenisbly “leaked” in recent days to a number of key media outlets.

The date, which is “conditions-based” and “non-binding,” appears to be designed to accomplish little but replacing the July 2011 drawdown date, which has now been entirely abandoned by administration officials. The only apparent advantage to the 2014 date is that it is some four years hence and therefore far enough way as to not need to be immediately disavowed by any but the most hawkish officials.

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The only interests America has in Afghanistan is to prevent that territory from becoming a base for international Islamic terrorism.  We achieved that goal over eight years ago. There is no possible way that we, non-Moslems, can win the hearts and minds of the Moslem Afghanis. Their hearts and minds are dedicated to the doctrines of Islam, never to infidels like us. We should get out a.s.a.p. and let the chips fall where they may. We can always go back in if it is necessary to defend our interests. We should not squander any more of our lives and treasure to shore up the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which is what we have been doing.