Man, if prez Obama would get off his duff and get out of Afghanistan already. Seems like he's worried about the repubs labeling him a left listening/leaning democrat. Well, the counter to that would be heading the words of Mr. Ritter.
Scott Ritter wrote an article that got published by Truthdig called, "McChrystal Doesn’t Get It—Does Obama?"
Mr. Ritter says, in part:
McChrystal operates under the illusion that American military power can provide a shield from behind which Afghanistan can remake itself into a viable modern society. He has deluded himself and others into believing that the people of Afghanistan want to be part of such a grand social experiment, and furthermore that they will tolerate the United States being in charge. The reality of Afghan history, culture and society argue otherwise. The Taliban, once a defeated entity in the months following the initial American military incursion into Afghanistan, are resurgent and growing stronger every day. The principle source of the Taliban’s popularity is the resentment of the Afghan people toward the American occupation and the corrupt proxy government of Hamid Karzai. There is nothing an additional 40,000 American troops will be able to do to change that basic equation. The Soviets tried and failed. They deployed 110,000 troops, operating on less restrictive lines of communication and logistical supply than the United States. They built an Afghan army of some 45,000 troops. They operated without the constraints of American rules of engagement. They slaughtered around a million Afghans. And they lost, for the simple reason that the people of Afghanistan did not want them, or their Afghan proxies.
Mr. Ritter was interviewed by KGO's new Sat/Sun graveyard host, Pat Thurston
, and he indicated, like others have, that McChrystal won't say anything different than any other military leader in that position. It's up to the prez to break that cycle.