Advocates of Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan Sell Out
From a post I wrote on DailyKos:
From the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual:
Long-term success in COIN depends on the people taking responsibility of their own affairs and consenting to the government’s rule. Achieving this condition requires the government to eliminate as man causes of the insurgency as feasible.” (p. 2) “Victory is achieved when the populace consents to the government’s legitimacy and stops actively and passively supporting the insurgency.” (p. 6) “The primary objective of any COIN operation is to foster development of effective governance by a legitimate government. (p. 37)
Legitimacy of the host nation’s government is referred to in manual as “a north star.” But let’s be clear: there is no legitimate host government in Afghanistan.
From today’s Washington Post:
President Hamid Karzai is considered a strong favorite to win reelection when Afghans go to the polls this summer. But here in northern Afghanistan, one of the country’s most peaceful regions, there is little doubt who will be in control when the elections are over, and it’s not Karzai.
Rather, it is the same men who have ruled this territory off and on for decades, regional commanders who have divvied up the land into personal fiefdoms and transformed central government institutions, including the police, into instruments of their will.
…”Where we stand today with the political landscape is not much different from where we started, and in some respects it’s looking even worse,” said Ahmad Nader Nadery, head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. “These so-called leaders are able to tell the disillusioned people that there’s no other way, that ‘we have access to the president, and you have to listen to us.’ “
Counterinsurgency, in case you didn’t know, provides the rationale for our troop increase in Afghanistan. Has anyone in the pro-war movement even read the manual?
House Democrats Sell Out
Now, there are many Democrats who consistently vote for war funding, including Nancy Pelosi, but not many of them have such little shame that they dare characterize themselves as anti-war. Remember, 221 voted Tuesday in favor of the war funding. But for those who campaign as anti-war and signed pledges not to continue funding war and then vote for billions more for wars they claim to oppose, Tuesday should be remembered as a day of shame and cowardice. Here are the Democrats who voted against war funding when it didn’t count and yes (on Tuesday) when it did–and when refusing to do so might have affected them personally:
- Yvette Clarke,
- Steve Cohen,
- Jim Cooper,
- Jerry Costello,
- Barney Frank,
- Luis Gutierrez,
- Jay Inslee,
- Steve Kagen,
- Edward Markey,
- Doris Matsui,
- Jim McDermott,
- George Miller,
- Grace Napolitano,
- Richard Neal (MA),
- James Oberstar,
- Jan Schakowsky,
- Mike Thompson,
- Edolphus Towns,
- Nydia Velázquez, and
- Anthony Weiner.
These legislators should be called [202.224.3121]and asked why they voted for war funding they claimed to oppose last month.
Not everyone sold out. Around 32 House members said no to this war and should be thanked: see Jane Hamsher’s great post on the anti-war whip operation. But these sell-outs should not get one dime or one drop of sweat from the anti-war crowd in 2010.
House Republicans Sell Out
From The Hill:
House Republicans are preparing to vote en bloc against the $106 billion war-spending bill, a position once unthinkable for the party that characterized the money as support for the troops.
For years, Republicans portrayed the bills funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as matters of national security and accused Democrats who voted against them of voting against the troops.
Glad to know the GOP has the courage of its convictions.
So. We have about 20 Democrats who call themselves “anti-war” who showed their true colors. We have an entire Republican caucus making exactly the same kinds arguments in defense of their no votes on war funding as Democrats made while in the minority (and vice versa…). And, we have an entire community of Very Serious People who say we need more troops in Afghanistan to fight a counterinsurgency war knowingly supporting a stunningly corrupt Afghan national government.
It’s good to know where people stand, I guess.