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THINKING FOR OURSELVESA New Strategy?By Shea HowellMichigan Citizen Lanoxin online without prescription, , September 5, 2009

This week we have the opportunity to rethink what the U.S. is doing in Afghanistan. Best price lanoxin, General Stanley McChrystal has presented his first assessment of the U.S. operations in Afghanistan. For weeks this report has been hyped as one that will admit the problems we face but offer a new strategy for victory, lanoxin no rx.

After sending his report, which remains secret, to the Pentagon and NATO on Monday, McChrystal said, “The situation in Afghanistan is serious, but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve and increased unity of effort.”

The outlines of the new strategy have already begun to emerge, lanoxin online without prescription. After taking command the General ordered that U.S. Lanoxin india, forces be more aware of civilian casualties, especially those caused by the dropping of bombs by drones. He also shifted the focus away from the eradication of poppy crops that feed the drug trade, lanoxin australia, to attacking drug dealers. Cheap price lanoxin, Drawing on his Iraqi experience, the General is attempting to increase the Afghan military and police forces, with U.S, cheapest lanoxin price. Lanoxin online without prescription, and NATO troops supporting rather than in the lead.

Last week, Lanoxin online pharmacy, in guidelines sent to U.S. soldiers, McChrystal said, buy lanoxin on line, “The conflict will be won by persuading the population, Lanoxin online without prescription, not by destroying the enemy.” He said, “A military force, culturally programmed to respond conventionally (and predictably) to insurgent attacks, find lanoxin online, is akin to the bull that repeatedly charges a matador’s cape—only to tire and eventually be defeated by a much weaker opponent. Purchase lanoxin without prescription, This is predictable—the bull does what comes naturally. While a conventional approach is instinctive, that behavior is self-defeating.”

The problem with this “new approach” is that it is not new and it has never worked anywhere, order lanoxin no rx. The General gives a strong, clear assessment of what has gone wrong in Afghanistan, but he ducked the main question: What would success look like, lanoxin online without prescription.

Surely it doesn’t look like the elections that were just held. Lanoxin buy drug, These have made a mockery of McChrystal’s own aims. While McChrystal talks of appeasing farmers by no longer destroying their fields and going after drug dealers instead, Hamid Karzai has secured one of the most notorious drug dealers as his vice president, lanoxin pharmacy online, Marshal Muhammad Qasim Fahim. Buy cheap lanoxin, Marshal Fahim is just one the many characters surrounding the current and probably future president of Afghanistan. Lanoxin online without prescription, In his effort to win the election Karzai has surrounded himself with men suspected of war crimes, corruption and drug trafficking.

Earlier this summer President Obama called for an investigation into the activities of General Abdul Rashid Dostum who was accused of killing thousands of Taliban prisoners. Karzai not only refused to investigate, lanoxin prices, but reinstated General Dostum to his former position in the government. Compare lanoxin prices online, Many of the men around Karzai, made rich by dealings with the CIA, used their power to help corrupt the election, buying generic lanoxin. Reports of stuffed ballot boxes and intimidation at the polls rob this election of legitimacy. Voter turnout fell some 70% since the last election and is likely to be only about 30% of those eligible, with some areas of the country reporting less than 10% of the people voting, lanoxin online without prescription. Lanoxin sale, For both Afghans and U.S. and NATO troops this has been the bloodiest summer since the invasion of Afghanistan. After eight years of war, find lanoxin, more than 5,000 soldiers killed, at a cost of more than $900 billion, we have achieved little more than the installation of a corrupt government that rigs elections.

We have created untold and uncalculated death and despair in Afghanistan. We have strengthened the Taliban and unleashed a whirlwind in Pakistan.

President Obama promised us a “stronger, smarter and comprehensive strategy.” It is time for him to announce that the smartest thing we can do, and also the right thing to do, is to withdraw now.


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