William Taylor on Afghanistan
First of all, yes, I am a C-Span Junkie. I don't set out to watch it. I usually am planning to watch the Daily Show, or Sponge Bob, or something when I surf through C-Span 1 and 2. And, then I stop, only for a moment, but wind up missing whatever I had intended to watch because I can't stop watching a hearing, lecture, panel discussion, etc. So, back to C-SPAN
: "Middle East Institute Panel Discussion on Afghanistan
The Middle East Institute hosts this panel discussion on the status and future of Afghanistan."
I point to this one, because Ambassador William Taylor, Coordinator for Afghanistan, U.S. Department of State
is the first speaker, and he paints a very intriguing picture of current Afghanistan. Wow, this doesn't look like it's going to be much easier than Iraq. He states that the US is trying to conduct three missions simultaneously: 1) Disarming the Warlords, 2) eradicating the poppy crop and 3) Holding elections.
Well, it is an informative panel, but I get a little leery when most of the panelists come from some part of the executive branch, so at least catch Taylor's, and then watch as much as you feel like.
Oh, and just a thought, instead of thinking of Iraq as a new Vietnam, maybe we should think of it as the third Afghan like war. The first being the beating the Soviets took over the years, the second being we're still there (sort of), and the third being Baby Bush's War. 'Cause, I don't know, but the parallels to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and it's aftermath seems to be far more similar than the Vietnam analogies.