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    The entire foundation of Afghan government is...

    The entire foundation of Afghan government is flawed.
    A strong central government with appointed provincial governers is a disaster.
    We wish to find external sources of failure in Afghanistan...
  2. Gee, you think Egypt would have taken the Sinai...

    Gee, you think Egypt would have taken the Sinai without cash payment? Shocking!
    Based upon your website, I am ASSuming that your livelyhood depends upon the facade of a genuine desire for peace on...
  3. Whatever benefits derived from a complete...

    Whatever benefits derived from a complete withdrawl and independence would not off set the international contributions. Being the poor palistinians keeps the money flowing.


    Yes, Israel...
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    You want humor? Read the sworn statements from...

    You want humor?
    Read the sworn statements from all the participants in a TIC.
    I can't get a gunner and driver to agree upon what happened.
  5. The economic costs of occupation? LUL WUT! What...

    The economic costs of occupation? LUL WUT! What great economic tiger is being withheld? IMF and World Bank analysis is based upon the assumption that something will be created, but they have no...
  6. Never Agreeing to Peace

    There is no concession that Israel can make that the Arabs will accept. As long as they are international victims, the free money flows in.
    The minute they accept peace and can be held accountable,...
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    Replace AWK with Sherzai. Success and failure...

    Replace AWK with Sherzai.

    Success and failure in Kanadahar rests with the Afghans themselves.
    The ANSF is strong enough to do whatever is needed. What is lacking is a legitimate representative...
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    Sounds like they weren't really in place. 30...

    Sounds like they weren't really in place.
    30 seconds after settle down and the TB came?
    I would say the writer, with no military experience, couldn't really relay what he was told in interviews.
    ...
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    Modern communications and the wide open terrain...

    Modern communications and the wide open terrain of Afghanistan really ramp up the degree of difficulty. Vietnam at least you could manuever out of sight and every rice farmer didn't have instant...
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    Cost benefit. There is a huge psychological...

    Cost benefit.
    There is a huge psychological advantage ini having the biggest stick, and if you use it wisely, the negatives are minimal.

    If you don't think watching apache's hover around hampers...
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    Afghanistan Ambushes

    Are tough. We tried several different ways to get into ambush positions without being compromised. In the absence of air assault, you are really limited. Every goat herder has a cell phone and...
  12. The only reason Brzezinski has a forum at all is...

    The only reason Brzezinski has a forum at all is short attention spans.
    The man was a disaster. That anyone listens to him at all is a mystery solved only by a decision to forget the 70s. I wish I...
  13. 30mm is the soft sand is having the same problem....

    30mm is the soft sand is having the same problem. While wonderful for top attack on armored vehicles, a M134 would be much better for what we find ourselves doing now.
  14. 30mm is the soft sand is having the same problem....

    30mm is the soft sand is having the same problem. While wonderful for top attack on armored vehicles, a M134 would be much better for what we find ourselves doing now.
  15. A false attribution. But an apt quote.

    A false attribution.
    But an apt quote.
  16. I do not claim knowledge beyond my own little...

    I do not claim knowledge beyond my own little slice of heaven.
    However, if you think polling occurs anywhere beyond selected urban sights, you are wrong. Afghanistan is a rural country, and...
  17. Karzai himself doesn't respect the Afghan...

    Karzai himself doesn't respect the Afghan institutions, either formal or informal.
    If he was conducting himself in a manner that the Afghan people supported (but we did not) I would support him. ...
  18. To answer your last question first, Yes. However...

    To answer your last question first, Yes. However it will be much more messy now than it could have been immediately following the election fiasco.
    Simply put; Karzai has to believe he is expendable...
  19. His logic is flawed. In order to win in...

    His logic is flawed.
    In order to win in Afghanistan, we must win the Pashtoon population. This is a fact.
    To win the pashtoon population, you don't need (IMHO) a Pashtoon president. You need a...
  20. [QUOTE=Firn;96509] Karzai believes he is in an...

    Karzai believes he is in an inpenatrable position. I believe he is correct in his assessment.
    He is, "our man" We failed to rein him in in the last election and now he is free to do as he sees...
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    I spent 5 months in Kandahar City (not KAF)....

    I spent 5 months in Kandahar City (not KAF).
    Shirzai is the popular leader for most of KC. Karzai's powerbase was to the North. Our fortunes fell when Shirzai was removed as Governor from Kandahar...
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    AWK doesn't count?

    AWK doesn't count?
  23. Ajami's Take

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303720604575170182337302108.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion

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    Some months ago, our envoy to Kabul, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, saw into the...
  24. A Loya Jirga that keeps the current Constitution...

    A Loya Jirga that keeps the current Constitution in place is doomed to failure.
    As long as Karzai is willing to fight to the last American, we get primary authority in that country. I have seen the...
  25. Mr. Karzai is no longer considered by the people...

    Mr. Karzai is no longer considered by the people of Afghanistan as their legitimate ruler. He is seen as our installed dictator.

    The Afghans I dealt with (Ghilzai Pashtoon primarily) had no...
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