Obama and Afghanistan – The Return of Clintonia? (Counterpunch)

Naast zorgen over president Obama’s Midden-Oosten beleid, dreigt zijn visie gericht op het intensiveren van de oorlog in Afghanistan/Pakistan ook in die regio geen positieve stabiliteit te brengen.

We hope for Barack Obama to have all the success in the world. And given his smarts — he seems far and away the smartest president-elect in the last 45 years — he should although, as one person put it to me, people hope for so much from him that there conceivably could be no way he will not disappoint and begin to catch tremendous flak, even early on. Yet one nonetheless hopes he will be tremendously successful.

There are, however, a few things about which he should be very careful, in the interest of both himself and the nation. To me, foremost among them is the possibility of war in Afghanistan. Obama has said we should get out of Iraq, but fight in Afghanistan. If he really believes that instead of just having said it for campaign purposes, and if he really does it, then his presidency is already doomed. Neither Alexander the Great, nor the British nor the Russians succeeded there. The British once sent out a column of what — 20 or 25 thousand troops? — of whom I think two returned (that’s two as in two, not as in two thousand). The Russians had, I think, about 150,000 men there and lost what, about 14,000 dead, despite modern weapons, if I remember correctly? There is something about the countryside, the people, the mindset that does not admit of victory by invaders. We found out in Viet Nam and Iraq that we cannot accomplish our imperial military aims any better than the British, the French (in Algeria and Indo China) or the Russians could. And we already have learned in Afghanistan that we cannot convert that opium growing, warlord-ridden nation into a democracy that focuses on other things. If Obama were to fight a war in Afghanistan, his Presidency would be as good as over. Huge numbers of us who supported him, and have hopes for him, will leave him and begin assailing him…

Obama and Afghanistan – The Return of Clintonia? (By LAWRENCE R. VELVEL in Counterpunch)

Hoe zal president Obama’s Midden-Oosten beleid zijn?

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One thought on “Obama and Afghanistan – The Return of Clintonia? (Counterpunch)

  1. Ben het eens met de eindconclusie van het Clintonia-artikel:
    ".. if Obama goes too far with this, he is going to create bitter enmity among so many who had much to do with his success and who will be very put off by a second coming of Clintonia."

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