Afghanistan 8 Years Later: Still a War of Necessity?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Today marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. While it was once deemed a war of necessity, many of the people who believed that have changed their tone. One was a central figure in 2001 when war was declared: Richard Haass was an adviser to former Secretary of State Colin Powell and is now president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book "War of Necessity, War of Choice."

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Richard Haass


David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Norbert Salamon


there were two very obvious shortcomings in your speech:

You mentioned long time presence: that is, occupation. This modus operandi has ceased to have any life expectation in the last century, see E Europe and USSR, European Colonies vs varous nation states in EU, Israel re Lebanon, etc ad infinitum.

Second, you mentioned trainig, nation building etc, matters which depend on large amount of EXCESS wealth, of which the USA seems top be short to the tune of TRILLIONS OF DOLARS, offshore; and even more trillions of dollars in homeland related to all the unfunded liabilities of the various levels of government re pension, medicare etc.

So perhaps you would like to express a views how you would propose the USAS to overcome the costs and overcome the historical aversion of Afgan residents to occupation.

Lest you, Sir, can have rational answer to the above two points, I am affraid that you speech does not have connection to reality.

Oct. 10 2009 03:20 PM

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