Gorbachev Warns Obama: Victory in Afghanistan is “Impossible”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, has a message for NATO and President Barack Obama: that victory in Afghanistan is “impossible.”

Mr. Gorbachev said the U.S. has no alternative but to withdraw its forces if it wanted to avoid another Vietnam.  As Soviet leader, he pulled his troops out of Afghanistan more than 20 years ago after a 10-year war.

In an interview with the BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg, Mr. Gorbachev said:

“Victory is impossible in Afghanistan. Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how difficult it will be.”

He said before the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, an agreement had been reached with Iran, India, Pakistan and the U.S.

Mr. Gorbachev offered this perspective:

“We hoped America would abide by the agreement that we reached that Afghanistan should be a neutral, democratic country, that would have good relations with its neighbours and with both the U.S. and the USSR. [But] the Americans always said they supported this, but at the same time they were training militants – the same ones who today are terrorising Afghanistan and more and more of Pakistan.”

He went on to add:

“But what’s the alternative – another Vietnam? Sending in half-a-million troops? That wouldn’t work.”

The best that NATO can hope to achieve, according to Mr. Gorbachev is to help the country get back on its feet and rebuild itself after the conclusion of the war.

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11 Responses to Gorbachev Warns Obama: Victory in Afghanistan is “Impossible”

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Time will tell if Obama follows through and begins to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan next summer.

    If Obama is smart, he will heed Gorbachev’s advice and extract American troops. After 9 years and $300 billion dollars on credit borrowed from China, we can’t defeat 100 al Qaeda fighters. The best we can hope for is declare victory, the MSM will report it and withdraw.

    Afghanistan defeated the mighty Soviet Union and yet the USA is so arrogant, we think things will be different for us?

  2. Rachel says:

    Arizona Leatherneck – Are you suggesting Obama might play politics with US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan? I tell you, as soon as they’re elected president, the rot begins to take hold.

  3. okjimm says:

    of course…. someone should have told GWB… or he could have listened to his father. (the war needs to end NOW)

  4. Estacada says:

    George Bush had his escalation in Iraq, so Obama had to have one too.

    The difference is, Obama’s was in Afghanistan and has resulted in no measurable improvement. Just more U.S. troop casualties.

  5. Massagatto says:

    Mikhail Gorbachev is quite right.

    With a violent civil war raging in Mexico, exporting drug violence into American towns and cities, Obama needs to do is redeploy those U.S. 90,000 out of Afghanistan and station them along the 2,000 border we unfortunately share with Mexico.

    If the president fails to protect U.S. towns and cities from the onslaught of drug cartel violence, he could find himself facing impeachment before the 2012 election.

    The number one duty of the president is to protect the American people. Not the banks, not Wall Street, and not Big Pharma. It remains to be seen if Obama understands this.

  6. Seabec says:

    Author and intellectual, Gore Vidal predicted (I read it on this Blog) that he thinks Afghanistan will result in the end of the American empire.

    I hope he’s correct.

  7. DMason says:

    All those billions and billions of dollars thrown down the drain and what do we have to show for it? Debt, death and a lack of standing in the world. All those billions could’ve been spent here, on the American people and on this nation. We never learn, ever.

  8. bradfrmphnx says:

    The cost of each war is more than $1000.00 per second for each war, or over $2,000.00 per second for both wars.

    Most people don’t look at links, but if you want to watch the ticker tape follow this link, it shows the costs of the wars as they happen. Kind of like watching our American debt unfold before our eyes…
    http://www.costofwar.com/

  9. Jolly Roger says:

    Obama IS our Gorbachev. We needed a Khrushchev to de-Stalinize us. We didn’t get it. there is no longer any question of what is to become of us.

  10. Rinaldo says:

    I guess no one was paying attention when Obama was running for president and said quite clearly and repeatedly that we fought the wrong war when we invaded Iraq, that we should have concentrated our efforts on Afghanistan, and that that is where our efforts would be focused when he was elected. And there was a great deal of controversy, as I recall, when Obama advocated an invasion of Pakistan.

    I guess a lot of starry-eyed people didn’t believe he meant it (but then, if he didn’t say what he means and mean what he says, why would you vote for him ???)

  11. Mets Fan says:

    I guess a lot of starry-eyed people didn’t believe he meant it (but then, if he didn’t say what he means and mean what he says, why would you vote for him ???)

    Because he and Biden weren’t McCain and Palin?

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