Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Afghanistan futility

Two Police Mentoring Team members here and two members of the Afghan national police stop to talk with a family... Photo by Sgt. Shawn Coolman. ISAFmedia

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Afghan Police Unit Defects en Masse to Taliban Side
KABUL, Afghanistan — For months, American and Afghan officials have been promoting a plan to persuade masses of rank-and-file Taliban fighters to change sides and join the government.

The tactic, known as “reintegration,” is one of the big hopes for turning the tide in the war.

But the Taliban, it appears, have reintegration plans of their own. On Monday morning, they claimed to have put them into effect. In Khogeyani, a volatile area southwest of the capital, the entire police force on duty Monday morning appears to have defected to the Taliban side.

New York Times, Nov. 2, 2010

Why should any U.S. soldier have to die to perpetuate this farce? Why should those soldiers kill any more Afghans? When are we going to cut our losses?

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