ASI News 2 December 2009

December 2nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm EDT
Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

Dear Friend of America's Survival, Inc.:

The web site carries my regular Accuracy in Media column and asked for a short response to President Obama's policy on Afghanistan. They will release the comments from me and others tomorrow. I wanted my readers and supporters to see these commens first. Here is my honest appraisal:

"We went to war in Afghanistan because the Taliban were protecting Al Qaeda operatives responsible for 9/11. To the extent that the Taliban continue to protect Al Qaeda, we should continue to fight them. But we as a nation don't have the financial resources or military personnel to devote to rebuilding Afghanistan. Interestingly, the Washington Post has a story in Wednesday's paper about the Communist Chinese regime's growing involvement in United Nations peacekeeping. Actually, the paper reports that only about 2,150 Chinese military and police personnel are deployed in support of U.N. missions. The Post reports that "while increasingly willing to let its soldiers don the blue helmets worn by U.N. peacekeepers, China has shown little enthusiasm for the U.N.-sanctioned mission that currently matters most to Washington -- the war in Afghanistan." The Post suggests Beijing's reluctance has something to do with NATO's role in Afghanistan. A better explanation is that the communists who run China have a better sense of their own national interests than U.S. leaders. At this point, the mission is a noble but lost cause. It would be so under Obama or Bush or any other U.S. President."

Let me emphasize that I want to see the terrorists identified and destroyed. But I don't think we should spend our money or the lives of our military men and women on attempting to build a nation-state in Afghanistan. That is why I called it a noble but hopeless cause.

It seems to me that too many people have lost track of the problem. This was the source of the Al Qaeda attacks on America. That is where we should direct our attention. But that doesn't require more dollars or more troops in Afghanistan.

I welcome your comments. Please send them to me at

For America,


Cliff Kincaid, President

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