Monday, July 28

Setting Up the Chessboard

As the November election nears and I hear candidates on both sides talking more about the need to put more troops into Afghanistan, I am concerned about ratcheting up of the war machine. It seems that our government intends to strategically use a situation that most agree has been given the short shrift (that is stabilizing the government in Afghanistan against a counterinsurgency by the deposed Taliban regime and capturing Osama bin Laden) to pump up the pressure on Iran, which it conveniently neighbors.

If you add the Iraqi border on one side and the Afghani border on the other, you can easily understand why the Iranian government might feel increasingly threatened. If ever there was a time to apply diplomacy, this would be it.

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