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

(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.”

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)
Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,Pool)
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