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Blown Away: How the US Fanned the Flames in Afghanistan/ Tom Dispatch
Edited on Wed Feb-29-12 01:54 PM by KoKo
(A good read...makes me wonder how much longer we can stay in Afghanistan given what this article is reporting)

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by
Blown Away: How the US Fanned the Flames in Afghanistan
by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse

Is it all over but the (anti-American) shouting -- and the killing? Are the exits finally coming into view?

Sometimes, in a moment, the fog lifts, the clouds shift, and you can finally see the landscape ahead with startling clarity. In Afghanistan, Washington may be reaching that moment in a state of panic, horror, and confusion. Even as an anxious U.S. commander withdrew American and NATO advisors from Afghan ministries around Kabul last weekend -- approximately 300, military spokesman James Williams tells TomDispatch -- the ability of American soldiers to remain on giant fortified bases eating pizza and fried chicken into the distant future is not in doubt.

No set of Taliban guerrillas, suicide bombers, or armed Afghan allies turning their guns on their American brothers can alter that -- not as long as Washington is ready to bring the necessary supplies into semi-blockaded Afghanistan at staggering cost. But sometimes thats the least of the matter, not the essence of it. So if youre in a mood to mark your calendars, late February 2012 may be the moment when the end game for Americas second Afghan War, launched in October 2001, was initially glimpsed.

Amid the reportage about the recent explosion of Afghan anger over the torching of Korans in a burn pit at Bagram Air Base, there was a tiny news item that caught the spirit of the moment. As anti-American protests (and the deaths of protestors) mounted across Afghanistan, the German military made a sudden decision to immediately abandon a 50-man outpost in the north of the country.
Now, it's clear enough: the Europeans are ready to go. And that shouldnt be surprising. After all, were talking about NATO -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- whose soldiers found themselves in distant Afghanistan in the first place only because, since World War II, with the singular exception of French President Charles de Gaulle in the 1960s, European leaders have had a terrible time saying no to Washington. They still cant quite do so, but in these last months its clear which way their feet are pointed.

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