Crazy Talk—"Calls For A More Rapid Withdrawal From Afghanistan"
May 03, 2011, 03:02 PM
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From the NYT:
Pentagon officials said they were preparing for calls for a more rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan.
I.e., preparing to shout down calls for withdrawal. I'm sorry if this sounds old-fashioned, but I had somehow gotten the impression that the Pentagon's job was to fight our country's wars, not to choose them. Silly me.
Pentagon officials acknowledged that NATO nations, many of whom already are reluctant to remain in Afghanistan, also may argue that Bin Laden's death allows them to withdraw more rapidly than planned.
"I hope people are going to feel, on a bipartisan basis, that when you move the ball this far it's crazy to walk off the field," one senior administration official said. Officials who favor retaining a large troop presence said that while this was a significant victory, the security gains in Afghanistan remained fragile.
The idea of not spending $114 billion dollars per year on war in strategically crucial Afghanistan is just crazy talk! The U.S. must dominate Afghanistan's world-historical supplies of gravel.

It's interesting that the Pentagon was unenthusiastic about starting the war in Libya, but went along with the State / White House war fever. It's sort of a One War for You, One War for Me deal. We'll fight your war if you let us keep fighting our war. Nobody, of course, seems interested in the inverse: we'll stop our war and you stop your war.