With the war in Afghanistan seemingly blowing up in their faces, top Obama Administration officials are as determined as ever to shrug off criticism and insist that things are going just swimmingly, no changes required.
So with President Karzai calling on NATO troops to be confined to base and the Taliban abandoning its negotiations in the wake of this weekend’s massacre, and the Afghan public, already livid over Quran burnings late last month seemingly as furious as is humanly possible now, the White House is once again insisting that the US is going to “stick to” its mission.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, fresh off Karzai’s demands in a news conference in Afghanistan, insisted that he is convinced the occupation is “on the right path” and that “the key right now is to stick to that path.”
It’s hard to imagine how much worse the war could possibly get at this point, but the mission right now seems to be convincing everyone that these repeated disasters simply aren’t happening. Even British PM David Cameron, in the US for a state visit, is cheering the war as a success. One might doubt that he will be as cheerful about the situation when he returns home.
13 thoughts on “US to ‘Stay the Course’ on Afghan Occupation”
Possibly the inane question here – what is the "mission" in Afghaniscam?
Remember Country Joe. What are we fightin' for, I don't give damn. Next stop Afghanistan or Iran or Syrian, er maybe Yemenland. Look out North Africa! That's all I can come up with…..Er "ELECTION 2012."
For Prime Minister Cameron's constituency this war has been a resounding success. The shareholders and top managers of the armament and 'defense technology' corporations have enjoyed a spectacular ten years. Many of these people are ex government ministers and high ranking 'civil servants'.
What else is important for them, other than making a killing?
To stick to the mssion means more civilians killed in 'incidents' by US/NATO troops such as the recent massacre .
Did the US media meanwhile confess that the massacre was not the work of one crazy single man, but twenty US soldiers – according to an afghan parliament investigation group that did interview residents on site?
Okay, Leon, then if you think we should stay, put some real skin in the game. Send your children, grandchildren, your nephews and nieces to fight. Put your money where your mouth is.
Call him Secretary of Dementia Leon Panetta.
Panetta is convinced the occupation is “on the right path?” I would hate to see what the wrong path looks like!
The only right path is the one with the "EXIT" sign above it.
The power of planned positioning. The anti war non aggressive posture is almost always out maneuvered by the deceit of the deceivers….how is this so…. easy by not birthing aggressive anti war elected officials.
'Stay the course'. Has any 'military' bureaucrat ever said any different? Well reality is starting to shape the course now – as it did in Vietnam when I was young. We'll stay the course alright but the course won't stay with us.
How could these officials be so out of touch with reality and with the American people?____
I suppose these are reasons have something to do with it:__
1 Not wanting to admit mistakes__
2 Not wanting to admit the policy was always wrong,__
3 Not wanting to admit the war was wrong since the federal govt first went in, in Oct 2001
It is the lure of the East – just look at Alexandre- he stayed the course.
…couse leading to???
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