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Thursday, November 19, 2009

NY Post editorial on Afghanistan

One of the best editorials I've ever read on Afghanistan, by Ralph Peters, who admits he's been wrong about Pakistan here:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/what_the_generals_won_tell_the_prez_fUuJ0cjsNWyiYVRsJEZq7O

(Sorry, I haven't figured out how to do links here, but all you have to do is highlight the above address on this page yourself, then copy it to an empty address bar.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good article. I'm even more depressed than I was before.

Generalizing a bit from one of Peters' central points, isn't it ironic that the West (US in the lead) blunders around the world complaining about corruption, while writing the big checks that fuel the worst of it. Why will people never learn that, however well intentioned, government intervention almost always gets @#$%^d up by the unintended consequences - people are people.

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John Craig said...

Guy -- Thanks for your comment. Couldn't agree with you more, on all counts.

Anonymous said...

John, I have just looked up Ralph Peters on wiki and thank you for leading me to a new author to explore. I will add his fictional work "The Devil's Garden" to my Xmas list - sorry - seasonal gift list. Might then take a look at his "Beyond Terror".

I like Brian Haig's novels very much. He and Peters are of very similar military vintage, both retiring in the late 80s as Lt. Colonels. A good omen for a good read.
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John Craig said...

Guy --
You're a better man than me if you still have the patience to read books. I find that my internet addiction has shortened the already brief attention span of my ADD-afflicted brain.

I disagree with what Peters has to say about Iraq, which he has always been hawkish about. But he is right on target about Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

John, I too have a bad case of internet addiction, though it sounds as though you've got it worse than me. My course of therapy - as required by my long-suffering wife - includes reading traditional written media. It has been only partially successful so far.
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John Craig said...

Guy -- Sounds like good therapy. Myself, I'm unwilling to go cold turkey like that. Actually, you just inspired another post, which I'll put up by the end of the day.