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Jun. 8 2010 - 2:27 pm | 259 views | 1 recommendation | 7 comments

The worst day ever for the Afghanistan war?

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A triple-decker disaster on the Afghanistan front yesterday.

1) Monday, June 7, 2010, marks the day Afghanistan became the longest war America has ever fought (yep, longer than World War II and Vietnam). Victory? Too nebulously defined to even measure. Timeline? None. Future? Bleak.

2) Also on Monday (I wouldn’t assume a coincidence) 10 NATO soldiers — seven of them Americans — were killed in five different attacks. NYT reported it as the “worst single day for the foreign forces operating in Afghanistan in the past seven months.”

3) And, possibly the most shocking and disturbing development, NYT also reported Monday that US taxpayer money appears to be winding up in the hands of Taliban insurgents (the ones whose mission it is to kill Americans and US allies).

My story on that here — it includes responses from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and antiwar activist/filmmaker Robert Greenwald. I’m shocked NYT’s revelation hasn’t sparked more of an outrage, or at the very least a discussion.

Again, all three chunks of news came back to back to back yesterday. Has anyone noticed?

Seems like this country has lost its appetite to seriously think about the war. It’s too depressing. Nor does it have any real appetite to end it. Nor sure where that leaves us.


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    Mr. Kapur,

    You wrote: “I’m shocked NYT’s revelation hasn’t sparked more of an outrage, or at the very least a discussion.”

    The simple fact of the matter is that people are sick to death of the war in Afghanistan. They just want it to go away. Everyone knows that it was badly bungled by the Bush administration and is now a hopeless quagmire. They also know that the current “surge” is only a covering action in preparation for the withdrawal of US troops in the next year. Outrage over civilian deaths, government corruption and ineptitude, the role of the drug trade in the war, or indeed much of anything will only slow down the withdrawal, not speed it up.

    If everyone is quite, closes their eyes and covers their ears, the war will end – for the US anyhow.

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    Don’t confuse a lack of Congressional appetite to end the war with a lack of grassroots appetite to do so. Tomorrow, Brave New Foundation and TrueMajority/USAction are running a full-page ad in Politico calling for an end to this war. The fundraising for this ad took less than a day because our supporters are so fed-up with Congress and the President prolonging this war that’s not worth the cost. Check out the ad at http://facebook.com/RethinkAfghanistan.

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    Apparently, Afghan freedom fighters and patriots don’t like being occupied by the mercenary thugs* of a distant land. Who’da thunk?

    *Mercenary thug, n. One stupid, vicious, ignorant, or poor enough to volunteer to kill people in wars based on lies.

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