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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:19 PM
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6 months - we lose Afghanistan, too
NATO chief warns of Afghan tipping point

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_re_as/afghani...

http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/10/were-about-to-l...


KABUL, Afghanistan -
NATO's top commander in Afghanistan said Sunday the country was at a tipping point and warned Afghans would likely switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if there are no visible improvements in people's lives in the next six months.

Gen. David Richards, a British officer who commands NATO's 32,000 troops here, warned in an interview with The Associated Press that if life doesn't get better over the winter, most Afghans could switch sides.

"They will say, 'We do not want the Taliban but then we would rather have that austere and unpleasant life that that might involve than another five years of fighting,'" Richards said.

Afghanistan is going through its worst bout of violence since the U.S.-led invasion removed the former Taliban regime from power five years ago. The Taliban has made a comeback in the south and east of the country and is seriously threatening Western attempts to stabilize the country after almost three decades of war.



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thepurpose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:24 PM
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1. This adminstration sure does know how to lose everything they touch.
except elections. At least until now.
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The Count Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:57 PM
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12. uh...they lost elections too - all of them. Some day, you'll know it too.
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bullimiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:26 PM
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2. we never had afghanistan, just like with the russians, it is an illusion
and just a matter of time before we will have to get out. they will not give up.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:54 PM
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9. Agreed
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:27 PM
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3. we never "had" Afghanistan
unless you want to count a few blocks of Kabul and an airbase as "Afghanistan"
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Jed Dilligan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:42 PM
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5. Which brings up the question
was there ever an Afghanistan?


Have the "Afghans" ever "had" Afghanistan?


Any ideology that says the whole world must be policed, British, Soviet, or American, will fall flat on its face in the Hindu Kush.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:32 PM
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4. Recommend to demonstrate the bullshit that rolls off of dimson's
tongue. He best stop spouting off about how great the free people of Afghanistan are faring. :eyes:
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:46 PM
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6. The Taliban will be part of the Afghan Govt.
They will form a political party and be a major force in Afghanistan.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:47 PM
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8. I think Frist was pushing that position recently. How soon they
flip-flop!
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enigma000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:56 PM
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10. Not without winning seats in a national election
And Afghanistan had one last year. I don't think one is scheduled for a while.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:46 PM
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7. One Friedman.
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:18 PM
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11. It's not "ours"
to win. I'm not sure who the "we" is either.

But if you want to know what's really going on in Afghanistan go here:
http://indexresearch.blogspot.com/2006/10/index-on-afgh...
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