Journal: US “Not Viewed as Occupiers in Afghanistan.” Really?

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McChrystal Sees Victory Ahead In Afghanistan

By Drew Brown, Stars and Stripes

Mideast edition, Saturday, January 2, 2010

“We are not viewed as occupiers now, ” Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, told Stars and Stripes in an interview Friday.

Phi Beta Iota: Tip of the hat to MILNET.  The above claim is no doubt sincere, and certain to be based on what the General has been told by his staff.  We believe the statement to be well-intentioned but severely distant from reality.  Meanwhile, the US appears ready to invade Yemen while ramping up in Sudan and Somalia, but because the U.S. military is the only tool in the kit box (less untrained CIA paramilitary forces and out-of-control private sector military contractors), we are not taking the Whole of Government Stabilization & Reconstruction needs of those countries seriouisly.  Peaceful preventive measures must be present in full measure if we are to isolate and surgically remove extremists.  Anything less makes us occupiers and extremists in the eyes of those being invaded.

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