If Mitt Romney wanted an issue to run on against President Obama, Afghanistan should be it. The Obama administration has chosen to hang in there longer and to keep throwing money at an ungrateful Karzai government when the right answer is to leave.
The reason why Romney hasn’t gone there is because Republican hawks would have us hang around even longer.
Reasonable voters should call timeout; it is time to regroup on American foreign policy while we are in the business of sequestration. America is pursuing foreign policy that we cannot afford.
The driver is and has been access to oil and keeping the oil flowing. If we aggressively pursue President Obama’s best ideas in energy policy, we would be on track to transform from oil dependence to renewable energy fast.
Slow and corrupt Republicans, corrupted by the big oil lobby have obstructed fast pursuit of alternative energy strategy. We are digging into the Middle East more deeply.
The exception to this is Romney’s desire to drill-baby-drill and that is a part of the transformation process.
Thanks to Iran and Israel, we’ll be going at it again next spring with bunker busters. Does America have the capacity for that?
We need a president and congress to pay attention to developing a sustainable economy and one that is based on renewable energy now. That will permit America to reduce its global footprint and prevent and avoid costly wars.
Today’s story, we are throwing good money after bad into Afghanistan and the Inspector General confirms that conclusion.
David Petraeus crafted the Afghanistan strategy and should be held accountable for it.
“U.S. construction projects in Afghanistan challenged by inspector general’s report
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Monday, July 30, 12:01 AM
A U.S. initiative to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on construction projects in Afghanistan, originally pitched as a vital tool in the military campaign against the Taliban, is running so far behind schedule that it will not yield benefits until most U.S. combat forces have departed the country, according to a government inspection report to be released Monday.
The report, by the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, also concludes that the Afghan government will not have the money or skill to maintain many of the projects, creating an “expectations gap” among the population that could harm overall stabilization efforts.
“Implementing projects that the Afghan government is unable to sustain may be counterproductive” to the U.S. counterinsurgency mission, the inspector general wrote. “If goals are set and not achieved, both the U.S. and Afghan governments can lose the populace’s support.”
The study calls into question a fundamental premise of the U.S. strategy to counter the Taliban insurgency — that expensive new roads and power plants can be funded and constructed quickly enough to help turn the tide of war — and it poses a sobering, counterintuitive question for policymakers in Washington: whether the massive influx of American spending in Afghanistan is actually making problems worse.