Can we have a mature discussion about the war in Afghanistan?

An aide to General Stanley McChrystal (currently in the firing line for making disparaging comments about Barack Obama over Afghanistan) tells journalist Michael Hastings that, “if Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular.”

This story isn’t about McChrystal’s criticisms but about the futile war in Afghanistan and why the West is there. It’s really about empire maintenance and giving the impression of taking the fight to “terrorists”.

We lost there years ago.

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