Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama may be planning to expand military activity in Pakistan

This quote from a NYT report today about possible plans to expand the US involvement in Pakistan says it well:

Any expansion of the war is bound to upset those in Mr. Obama’s party who worry that he is sinking further into a lengthy conflict in Afghanistan, even while reducing forces in Iraq. It is possible that the decisions about covert actions will never be publicly announced.

We're watching a new train wreck unfold - or perhaps, to seek a better metaphor, the fashioning of a new tar-baby. A lot of people are going to be killed, a lot of treasure expended, in a burgeoning project for which it will be extremely difficult to achieve - or even define - some final product that can be called "victory" - even if the chest-thumpers in Congress will be demanding it.

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