Sunday, August 15, 2010
An "Afghanistan Study Group"?Congressman Frank Wolf wants to boost public support for Afghanistan War
That's what Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), who wrote the bill creating the Iraq Study Group, is proposing. Gareth Porter discusses what that means for the politics of the Afghanistan War in Serial Denial and the Permanent War System Firedoglake Seminal 08/10/2010:
So now Wolf proposes the same kind of bipartisan study group that he says helped rebuild support for the Iraq war to come up with "fresh strategies" for the war in Afghanistan. Wolf makes no effort to hide his hope to "reinvigorate national confidence in how America can be successful" in Afghanistan.Wolf's House office provides the text of his letter (Wolf Urges President Obama to Immediately Establish Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group 08/04/2010), which includes a none-too-subtle threat of stab-in-the-back accusations that the Obama administration lost Afghanistan (to use an unholy phrase from earlier times):
I have heard it said that Vietnam was not lost in Saigon; rather, it was lost in Washington. While the Vietnam and Afghanistan parallels are imperfect at best, the shadow of history looms large. Eroding political will has consequences--and in the case of Afghanistan, the stakes could not be higher. A year ago, speaking before the Veterans of Foreign War National Convention, you rightly said, "Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting...this is fundamental to the defense of our people." Indeed it is fundamental. We must soberly consider the implications of failure in Afghanistan. Those that we know for certain are chilling - namely an emboldened al-Qaeda, a reconstituted Taliban with an open staging ground for future worldwide attacks, and a destabilized, nuclear-armed Pakistan.Tags: afghanistan war
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