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Pentagon: Despite Riots, Afghan Occupation Strategy ‘Remains Sound’

Does that "reassuring" headline make sense to *you?*
 link to news.antiwar.com

At a briefing today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little insisted that the military leadership and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta remain "fully committed" to the current US strategy of occupation in Afghanistan, and that the nationwide riots aren't going to change anything.

"We're not going to let the events of the past week, which are regrettable and unfortunate and tragic, influence the long-horizon view," Little insisted, adding that the "fundamentals of our strategy remain sound."

Commentary from Mike Rivero at  http://www.whatreallyhappened.com :

the "fundamentals of our strategy remain sound."?!?!?!?!

Remain "sound" to whom, sir?!? Not to rational Americans!

There is absolutely no metric by which the US government can claim military "victory" in Afghanistan, 11 years into this occupation.

The Taliban are resurgent and Karzai is desperately negotiating with them with an eye toward what happens when the US and NATO leave Afghanistan.

The cold, hard truth of the business is, the only people "winning" in this cesspool of an occupation are the drug lords, the banks which launder their money, and the huge defense contractors providing mercenaries, supplies, and logistics.

If the White House, State Department, and Pentagon collectively had any rationality whatsoever, they would pull every US military personnel out of Afghanistan right now, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing for the oil pipeline rights.

Of course, the relationship between logic and the US government at this moment in its history, is tenuous at best.

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