Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

October 28, 2009

The Pesssimist (2): Best Concise Summary of Afghan Folly

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 2:32 pm

Nobody left or right tells it like it is on Afghanistan the way retired U.S army Col. Ralph Peters does in this column.

Do you have a better way of looking at it?



  1. For Peters to say that “the Taliban” are the patriots is just idiotic, I mean, “the SS are the patriots”, “the Khmer Rouge are the patriots”, “the Cheka are the patriots”. Peters has fallen a bit too in love with his Mr. Authority pose.

    Comment by charlie finch — October 28, 2009 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  2. I think a good complement to Colonel (Ret.) Peters would be Michael Yon for his reporting.

    I’m not sure Yon’s way of looking at it is better, but he is knowledgeable both of the military and the Middle East and has spent extensive time embedded in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

    On an aside, Mr Rosenbaum it is nice to see you eschewing the contempt and vitriol. It was worrying for a bit there.

    Comment by Jack — October 28, 2009 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  3. I believe some 11 people were killed voting In Afghanistan. That Karzai would have engaged in massive fraud in such a circumstance is prima facie evidence that he dose not respect his citizens as others in any sense implied in Buber’s book ‘I Thou’ and thus does not support ‘democracy.’ Also our interest in destroying the opium trade may not be democratically supported. It seems to me that Obama may be appropriately backing us into the cities. From there we can support our interests in interdicting terrorist facilities and give some support to the Afghan people.

    Comment by Michael — October 29, 2009 @ 11:19 am | Reply

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