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2012-05-21 Home Front: Politix
Can We Still Win Wars?
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Posted by Beavis 2012-05-21 10:53|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [293 views ]  Top

#1 "Our strategic objective in Afghanistan was to oust the Taliban and ensure that it did not return to host terrorists on Afghan soil."

"These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion. The Taliban must act, and act immediately. They will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate."
George W. Bush, Statement To Joint Session Of Congress September 20th 2001

'Pakistan's military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, said yesterday that he expected moderate Taliban leaders to play a crucial role in any new administration in Afghanistan, and made it clear that US military action against Osama bin Laden should be "short and targeted".

In remarks endorsed by the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, Gen Musharraf said any post-Taliban government in Kabul should be "broad-based" and "multi-ethnic". It could include the "former king Zahir Shah, political leaders, moderate Taliban leaders, elements from the Northern Alliance, tribal leaders and Afghans living outside their country", he added.'

'Taliban moderates offered future role'
The Guardian, Wednesday 17 October 2001

By October of 2001 the Bush administration's message re US strategic and political objectives had already become contradictory and incoherent.

War is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfill our will. When one side can't even articulate its will for fear of giving offense to the enemy, it cannot win a war.

The political decision not to win trumps every tactical military advantage.

The was successful military action in Afghanistan.
But the result is that Western troops are stationed in Afghanistan in order to serve the 'Noble People of Afghanistan.'
Posted by Glolumble Sproing5279 2012-05-21 15:25||   2012-05-21 15:25|| Front Page Top

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