Why I Support a Nation-Building Surge in Afghanistan
I hate talking about war. I'm not any better at it than anyone who's never lived through a real one. And I know that the people who call for a pull out, an end to occupation, have arguments well substantiated by history and morality.
Still, I thought I might put forward my reasons for supporting a nation-building surge in Afghanistan, since I'd like to know what others would say about them: 1) Everyone wants to pretend that we can just forget the mess Bush/Cheney made around the world; and 2) We know what happens when we precipitously abandon the Af-Pak region--it creates a vacuum filled by extremists, which escalates the potentially nuclear tensions between Pakistan and India.
Peter Bergen is the last western journalist who interviewed bin Laden. He stopped by Fresh Air with Terry Gross last week. I hope you'll listen to the interview so you can hear why Bergen thinks that the surge and the 9/11 trials in New York City are necessary, and should have been done 5 years ago.
If you believe the official 9/11 story, which I do more or less, the fuckers who planned the attacks on the U.S., including possibly bin Laden himself, are alive and thriving. And if we don't stop them, worse and more insane wars may be coming. Think about what the chicken hawks on the right would do with another terrorist attack planned in the region.
And if you don't like Obama's plan, just imagine what a President McCain or a President Palin would be doing.