(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Pres. Obama, tell me again, what are we fighting for?
And this from Rep. Alan Grayson, who astutely states what every historian and Afghanistan region analyst already knows.
I think that the basic premise that we can alter afghan society is greatly flawed. Afghanistan is simply the part of Asia that was never occupied by the Russians or the English in the Great Game. It’s not a country; it’s not even a place. It’s just an empty place on the map. It’s terra incognita. People who live there are a welter of different tribes, different language groups, different religious beliefs.
All over the country you find different people who have nothing to do with each other except for the fact that we call them Afghans, and they don’t even call themselves Afghans. They’re Tajiks or they’re Pashtuns, or they’re Hazzaras or someone else. The things that hold them together are simply the things that we try to create artificially.
Smart man, Mr. President, you need to listen to him more closely.