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Changes needed in US policy toward Afghanistan

May 29, 2012
The Mining Journal

There doesn't seem to be any doubt that the time has come to adjust U.S. policy toward Afghanistan.

Several days ago, the heads of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees said they believe Talilban terrorists are growing stronger in Afghanistan.

That came after the two, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., visited the country and talked with its president, Hamid Karzai.

Feinstein's concern is especially striking because she has been a strong supporter of the current U.S. policy toward Afghanistan. Now, she says that policy was wrong.

White House policy is part of the reason the Taliban are growing in strength and influence. In retrospect, President Barack Obama's insistence on setting a date for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, by the end of 2014, was a terrible mistake.

It has encouraged the Taliban and their al-Qaida comrades to pursue an offensive they have every reason to believe will be successful.

What is to prevent the Taliban from retaking Afghanistan, then re-establishing a safe haven for al-Qaida?

Nothing that we can seen.



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