Gorbachev: Take It From Me, Leave Afghanistan

'No prospect' for military victory, says former Soviet president
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2009 5:01 PM CST
Vladimir Kotenev, Mikhail Gorbachev and his daughter Irina Virganskaya attend the MTV Europe Music Awards Free Your Mind Award presentation on November 8, 2009, in Berlin.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Mikhail Gorbachev—the man who pulled the Soviet Union's troops out of Afghanistan after a decade of stalemate—says the US should do the same. "There is no prospect of a military solution," he tells Bloomberg. The nation is too fragmented among clans, dooming even a troop surge to failure, he says. “They should be preparing the ground for withdrawal rather than additional troops.”