Leaks Make It Clear: We Still Don't Have a Clue
We can create insurgencies, just not armies
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2010 12:59 PM CDT
US crews aboard a helicopter in Kandahar province.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – Robert Gibbs may be correct in asserting that the WikiLeaks trove unearthed nothing fundamentally new, writes Maureen Dowd, but "it reflected one chilling fact: the Taliban has been getting better and better every year of the insurgency. So why will 30,000 more troops help?" We seem to be great at inspiring the rise of insurgencies, just not so great at establishing standing armies to fight them.

"We invaded two countries, and allied with a third—all renowned as masters at double-dealing," Dowd writes at the New York Times. "And, now lured into their mazes, we still don’t have the foggiest idea, shrouded in the fog of wars, how these cultures work." Our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been been "positively Sisyphean." "

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Aug 5, 2010 9:05 AM CDT
Sisyphean? Who speaks like that? mantra of a elitist jerk.
Jul 28, 2010 4:57 PM CDT
Oh Maureen, this is not about war, it's about profit. Take the profit out of this and see how much longer it lasts.
Jul 28, 2010 4:02 PM CDT
I've said it before, I'll say it again: PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST! Let's put those untold billions we are wasting abroad to work domestically where the money is sorely needed.