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Quote for the Day

By Taylor Marvin

Kevin Drum reads Ahmed Rashid’s interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai:

“From the U.S. point of view, of course, they key thing isn’t whether Karzai is tired or delusional or getting bad advice. What really matters is that over the past year he’s apparently come to the firm conclusion that a continued U.S. presence is unhelpful. This pretty plainly makes our military efforts in Afghanistan pointless. As Gen. Petraeus and his counterinsurgency gurus continually tell us, political support is crucial to eventual success. If we don’t have it — and it’s now about as clear as it can be that we don’t — then all the Lisbon conferences in the world won’t produce a plan for victory. It’s about time for Barack Obama to start leveling with the American public about this.”

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One Comment Post a comment
  1. Well made quote! I’m very thankful to be the first to comment here.

    Well made!

    November 28, 2010

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