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April 03, 2009

An Old Way Backward

The Center for American Progress, the Democratic think tank headed by John Podesta and completely wired into the Obama administration, is holding a panel right now called "A New Way Forward in Afghanistan." One of the panelists is Frederick Kagan. I assume that to make up for it, next time they'll have Richard Seymour.

PREVIOUSLY: Kagan sagely describes the tendency of Afghans to "bitch" when the United States kills their families.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at April 3, 2009 12:24 PM

Those bloody wogs just don't understand our altruistic intentions. Haven't they heard of "Change You Can Believe In?"(tm) Harrumph!

Posted by: AlanSmithee at April 3, 2009 02:13 PM

Something in the Afghan mind that won't just won't take the long view. Given enough time all this will settle out and into a better way. Got to break eggs to make an omelette. No use crying over spilled milk.
Maybe that's it. They're cliché deprived. Too much Koran, not enough NYTimes.
Possibly Negroponte's little $100 laptops (what happened to them anyway?) could be dropped all over the place over there, with built-in free subscriptions to the Post and the Times, and podcasts of FOXNews, and a daily aphorism widget. Have to teach 'em all English first though, huh? But that shouldn't be too hard, considering how many military personnel are going to be there. And how much money is available.

Posted by: roy belmont at April 3, 2009 02:34 PM

Any chance that they invited Kagan in order to stick him into a charity dunking booth?

Posted by: laym at April 3, 2009 04:40 PM