From Alternet in the USA:
McGovern Warns Obama of LBJ Legacy in Afghanistan
May 5, 2009.
Former Senator George McGovern claims military escalation will jeopardize Obama’s domestic goals.
In 1964, President Johnson said of Vietnam that “I don’t think it’s worth fighting for, and I don’t think that we can get out. It’s just the biggest damn mess I ever saw.” Yet Johnson escalated the conflict and America became bogged down in Southeast Asia for more than a decade. Former Senator
and Democratic Presidential candidate during the Vietnam war
George McGovern recently sat down with ANP and said that President Obama runs the risk, like Johnson’s Great Society, of hobbling his ambitious domestic goals if he continues to send troops into Afghanistan.
On the eve of a tripartite summit between the US, Afghan and Pakistani presidents in Washington, US air strikes in western Afghanistan killed scores of civilians in one of the worst atrocities in the seven-and-a-half-year-old war: here.
If the claims are verified, the deaths in Farah province on the western border would be the largest loss of civilian life in a single incident since US-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001: here.
Robert Fisk: Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as “human shields” by the Taliban and we shall say that we “deeply regret” innocent lives that were lost: here.
Witnesses say deaths of 147 people in three villages came after a sustained bombardment by American aircraft: here.
Thousands of terrified Pakistani civillians have fled the renewed US-backed government offensive against Islamic militants in the Swat Valley: here.
US balks at demand to end Afghan airstrikes: here.
Thousands more civilians were fleeing fighting between the army and Islamic militants in Pakistan‘s Swat Valley after the military lifted a curfew: here. See also here. And here.
PAKISTAN’S army said that up to 20,000 civilians were trapped in the north-western city of Mingora as battles against militants raged on Sunday: here.
The Pakistani army turned back hundreds of refugees attempting to return to the war-torn Swat Valley yesterday: here.