Senator Russ Feingold on Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Transcript

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that the situation in Afghanistan is "deteriorating" ... and signs of this decline have been showing up more and more clearly. Despite the massive military operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province and a heavy military presence throughout the nation, violence continues to increase.  Just yesterday, a suicide bomber east of Kabul, in Laghman province, killed a top intelligence officer and 23 others.

While U.S., Afghan and NATO coalition forces continue fighting Taliban members, the difficulties have led American military commanders in Afghanistan to make a case for more troops. But Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) sits on the Senate's Foreign Services and Intelligence Committees and has been calling for the opposite – and he's not alone. There are calls from both the left and the right to start making plans to reduce the boots on the ground.

"I am making sure I get inoculated from all illnesses by going to town meetings."
—Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisc) on how he is preparing for a resurgence of H1N1

Click through for a transcript of our conversation with Sen. Feingold.

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Comments [3]

Patrick Carrol

I'm fairly sure we weren't in Afghanistan until AQ flew planes into the WTC, Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. (The latter a result of a hastily-formed militia taking on the enemy. But I digress.)

This attack resulted, among other things, in NATO invoking Article V of its charter for the first time ever, with the target being Afghanistan.

So, have a care about the libels, would you?

Sep. 02 2009 10:51 AM
Dave Brubeck

The USA should not have troops in Afghanistan or any other country. We are the aggressor and need to withdrawal our troops as soon as possible.
The only reason these people are fighting us is because we invaded their country and are running around killing them for no reason. The leaders of the USA government should face charges of crimes against humanity.

Sep. 02 2009 09:04 AM
Patrick Carrol

The lesson AQ got out of Iraq is that to go up against the US is to die, especially after we got our surge on.

The same lesson needs to happen in Afghanistan.

If AQ starts staging from inside Pakistan, send in the Predators. It's not like the Pak army is going to object. Oh, they'll make noises, but AQ's killed lots of Pak army soldiers, so there's no love lost there.

We left Afghanistan after seeing off the Russians and it turned into the AQ cesspit we eventually had to stamp on. So, a question for the good senator: If we leave now, what's to stop history repeating itself?

Finally, bear in mind that the US military services are a collection of learning organizations. The more we come in contact with AQ, the better we get at killing them.

And, as we say in North Georgia, there are some people who just need killing.

Sep. 02 2009 08:18 AM

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