With widespread electoral fraud
adding to America's many troubles in the hotly debated
and increasingly unpopular
Afghan war, The New Republic's Michael Crowley noted today that the
most difficult question about the war remains unanswered. Crowley
unearthed a Washington Post column
by Richard Holbrooke, who is now Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan,
written during the early days of the 2008 presidential election.
Holbrooke expressed doubt about our chances in the war he is not
central to leading. Crowley quotes:
But even as the United States and its NATO allies move deeper into the
cauldron, questions must be asked: When, and how, will the
international community hand responsibility for Afghanistan back to its
government? Will short-term success create a long-term trap for the
United States and its allies, as the war becomes the longest in
Crowley suggested that none of this has changed. "Nearly 18 months
later, it's not clear that Holbrooke--or anyone else--has found good
answers to any of those questions," he wrote. By digging up and
repeating Holbrooke's question, Crowley himself implicitly asks: Did
our "short-term success" in Afghanistan "trap" us into a war that has
become "the longest in American history?"
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