Politics

Karzai home alone

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  • kranky kritter

    The political reality of Afghanistan is that we feel we’ve done the best we can to temporarily achieve the 3 limited political objectives stated by Obama when we surged. And now no one thinks there’s a very good chance of establishing a unified and sociopolitically viable Afghanistan no matter what investment level we choose.

    Afghanistan doesn’t have an economy of its own or any sociopolitical unity. What makes it a country besides the boundaries currently drawn on the map, mostly by outsiders? Very little.

    I am very sympathetic to the “if you broke it you should fix it” moral code. But if it can’t be fixed, it can’t be fixed. We’re pulling the plug on our higher expectations, and most everyone know this regardless of the face we put on it. Local networks will be searching for new sponsors, and that is bound to get uglier as time passes.

    But the biggest worry is now quite clearly Pakistan, which appears to be fragmenting further. And which has nuclear weapons. What a mess.

  • http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/ mw

    I like Obama’s formulation in his speech the other night. “We are declaring victory and bringing them home. BTW we killed Bin Laden. You’re welcome.”

    It’ll be 14 years before we get meaningful reductions. Long enough. Bring ’em home. A little too slow for my taste, but understandable. I’m good with it.