US Republicans for endless Afghan war

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Some militarist hawkish Republican politicians in the United States are having second thoughts now on the war in Afghanistan which they used to support.

However, not all US Republicans seem to be on the level of intelligence of those party colleagues.

From The Agonist blog in the USA:

Is Even Romney Dumb Enough To Listen To Hill Republicans On Afghanistan?

The Hill reports that sen. Lindsay Graham and other Republican hawks are urging Mitt Romney to distinguish himself from Obama on Afghanistan policy – by saying he’d double down and stay longer.

Madness. If there’s one foreign policy move guaranteed to lose an incumbent this election, it would be exactly this. Over 75% of Americans think the US should get out of the Afghan quagmire sooner rather than later.

However, I don’t think even Romney’s that self-destructive. He’s more likely to be listening to just about every military commander and thinker agreeing with the UK’s Rory Stewart as he writes that “What we have seen is roughly what we will get”.

“It is time to be honest about Afghanistan: we face a desperate situation and an intolerable choice. …

Every year since 2004, generals and politicians have acknowledged a disastrous situation, produced a new strategy and demanded new resources. They have tried “ink-spots” and “development zones”; counterinsurgency and nation-building; partnering and mentoring; military surges, civilian surges and reconciliation. Generals and ministers called 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 “decisive” years in Afghanistan. None was. None will be.”

That’s the reality, trying to act as if it isn’t would be tantamount to sending young men to suicide.

10 thoughts on “US Republicans for endless Afghan war

  1. 10/5-7: ALL OUT for anti-war actions now in 20 cities in North America on 11th anniversary of U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan
    > The International Action Center joins the call by the United National Antiwar Coalition for demonstrations, meetings, vigils or other actions for the weekend of Oct. 5-7, along with protests internationally in 3 cities in Canada – Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor and protests in London, Tehran, Iran and Islamabad, Pakistan to mark the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
    > UNAC is recognized for linking the endless wars abroad to the expanding “war at home”. This means the persecution of Muslims, raids and deportations of immigrant workers, racist profiling and the stop-and-frisk policies, mass incarceration and voter suppression in the U.S.
    > The demonstrations are underlining these difficult issues of US wars abroad: ending the occupation of Afghanistan, demanding hands off Syria, no war on Iran, stop the drone wars and stand with Palestine.

    A Crucial Time for Solidarity
    > The killing of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, and the wave of massive, angry protests targeting U.S. missions, consulates and other targets of western imperialist intervention that has swept the Muslim World has sharpened the international crisis. U.S. militarists may press for even more intervention. The Pentagon is sending warships to Libya and posting Marines at U.S. embassies. The proxy war against Syria continues, as do the threats against Iran with the largest naval armada in history conducting “U.S. war games” in the Persian Gulf this week.
    > Organizers have also noted that elections in Venezuela, a country also long targeted by Wall Street, take place on Oct 7 and it is an important time to also demand Hands Off Venezuela and Latin America.
    > This all makes anti-war protests even more timely and necessary.
    > The following is a list of some of the more than 20 demonstrations that have been called as of Sept. 20 in North America:
    > In Los Angeles, a rally will be held Oct. 6 at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., at 2 p.m. The broad coalition sponsoring the protest includes the International Action Center, School of the Americas Watch-L.A., Arab Americans for Syria, Latinos Against the War, and Union of Progressive Iranians. For more information and to endorse the protest, call 323-306-6240.
    > Also in Los Angeles, a march to “shut down the military recruitment center” is set for the same day at noon at Hollywood and Highland.
    > In New York, UNAC has called for a march on Oct. 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. centered at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza at 163 West 125th St. in Harlem. A UNAC press release says they were able to win a permit after “a fight and a lot of work by Nellie Bailey, of the Harlem Tenants Council and Black Agenda Report, and Imam Talib, president of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metro N.Y.” The march is timed specifically to avoid conflict with an important Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which is taking place in New York that same weekend. Another protest is set in New York’s Duffy Square, 47th and Broadway, at noon Oct. 6. For more info call 212-633-6646
    > In Boston, the action is set for Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Park Street, raising the slogans, “Hands off Syria and Iran! No to racism, raids and repression! No to Islamophobia!”
    > In Chicago, protesters will march to Boeing headquarters at 435 N. Michigan Ave. at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7. An additional slogan is “Stop FBI repression of anti-war activists.” For more information, call 773-301-0109or email:
    > A particularly broad coalition has set a protest in Minneapolis on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. to meet along the sidewalks at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues and march at 1:30. For details, call 612-522-1861 or 612-827-5364.
    > In San Francisco, a march and rally will be held Oct. 6 at noon at Powell and Market Streets. Also scheduled in California’s Bay Area is a Civil Liberties Teach-in at Laney College in Oakland on Oct. 1-3, organized by Northern California UNAC.
    > The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice set the demonstration in Detroit for Friday, Oct. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the entrance of Hart Plaza on Jefferson at Woodward Ave. It will also protest the drone attacks in Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen.
    > The Philadelphia protest will take place on Oct. 6, there will be a vigil/demonstration/kite-flying at 1 p.m. at 34th & Walnut Streets and will join the NYC protest on Oct. 7.
    > Other actions are already set for Salt Lake City; Richmond, Va.; Talahassee, Fla.; Duluth, Mn.; Columbus, Ohio; Concord, N.H.; Teaneck, N.J., Olympia, Wash. and Albany, N.Y. on or near the Oct. 5-7 weekend.
    > In Vancouver, Canada, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 an event at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson & Howe Streets downtown, is sponsored by the Mobilization Against War & Occupation. For details, call 604-322-1764.
    > The Canadian Peace Alliance is also planning actions in other Canadian cities. There will be a protest also in London, England on Oct. 7 in Trafalgar Square and another on the same issues is taking place inBrussels, Belgium on Sept. 25.
    > For more information on the individual cities or to add your own city to the list, see and


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    A grim landmark was reached last Saturday when the 2,000th US soldier was killed since the US invasion in 2001.

    The occupying forces do not count the Afghan dead. But analysis of media reports and local testimony shows almost 13,000 civilians have been killed since 2006.

    Protest: Naming the Dead, Bring the troops home by Christmas, Sunday 7 October, 1pm, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N. Called by the Stop the War Coalition.


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