“You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

“You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.” – U.S. Diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke, chief envoy to Afghanistan to his Pakistani surgeon, before he was wheeled into surgery to repair a torn aorta

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10 Responses to “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan”

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Holbrooke was correct. Obama, as usual, is incorrect.

  2. Big Hank says:

    I bet Obama isn’t mourning Holbrooke’s death.

    This deathbed request flies in the face of the president’s Afghanistan policy which basically amounts to a continuation of Bush’s approach.

    Just think. 100 al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan and the US of A can’t defeat them with 100,000 troops after 9 years. What a joke.

  3. Rachel says:

    I can’t help but see Richard Holbrooke’s death as emblematic of Obama’s tenure as president. It’s just one failure after another and few successes to point to. From the anemic employment conditions, to the tripling of US troop presence in Afghanistan, this president just looks to be coasting along until he can leave office in 24 months. I can’t believe how poor Obama has turned out to be as a chief executive.

  4. Ypsilanti says:

    How glorious if Obama headed Richard Holbrooke’s request and ended this ridiculous use of American treasure and wealth.

    But with the discovery of minerals valued in the $4 billion dollar range, I fear the U.S. will never leave Afghanistan. The riches are far too great the this nation believes what is theirs, is ours.

    Was it not Gore Vidal who said Afghanistan would lead to our undoing?

  5. DMason says:

    Hi Ypsilanti. Good to see you posting again. I agree with you. But sadly, Barry O has made it perfectly clear that he wants his legacy to exactly like his predecessor’s legacy: war time president. We will be in Afghanistan as long as Barry O is president which hopefully, will only be another 2 years. Since Holbrooke was so widely respected, Barry O and Hillary have their paws tied and can’t impugn his reputation, though I expect they will try.

  6. Vivzzz says:

    Never under estimate the power of words. While it’s certainly true that Mr. Obama is a coward, unable to stand up to the Generals in the military, it is Richard Holbrooke’s dying words that could force our president to rethink the US’s policy for redeployment in Afghanistan. If the troops begin to leave, we will have Richard Holbrooke to thank.

  7. Vivzzz,

    I hope you are correct. But I have lost all hope for President Pootie Tang.

    He’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, Wall Street and the military, industrial complex. I fear he will kick the can down the road to his replacement in January 2013.

  8. Peace Nick says:

    The number of US troop deaths in Afghanistan since Barack Obama became the president (773) is higher than the number of US troop deaths (575) during George Bush’s 8 years as president.

    I do not believe US troops will redeploy out of Afghanistan beginning next July as Obama promised. Patraeus is on-record saying our involvement will likely last another decade and now following the announcement that precious minerals like Lithium needed in computers and electronics have been discovered, I expect we will be in Afghanistan forever.

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    Obama’s the “Big Boss Man” now, and he knows a president at war carries more historical cred than a peacetime president. If he launches an attack on Iran and Pakistan, his footnote in history increases exponentially. Since he has no military record of his own, this is the way to get some without taking the risks soldiers face each day.

  10. Jolly Roger says:

    Bushack Obama has no intention of ending any war, nor (as far as I can tell) does anyone else who is a potential 2012 contender.

    I’m losing faith that we can actually effect any kind of meaningful change in the present system.

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