WASHINGTON: As the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, a top American Senator has said that the best way out of Kabul is through New Delhi and India offers the last opportunity to help make war-torn nation get rid of terrorist safe haven.
“I have long felt that the best way out of Afghanistan is through New Delhi, is to have a military alliance with India that we encourage India to roll into Afghanistan, to be a non-terrorist base,” Senator Mark Kirk said during a Congressional hearing.
Phi Beta Iota: We do not make this stuff up. The Senator — and his staff — have clearly never read a book on Afghanistan or on Central Asia. Had they done so, they would understand that Pakistan is the crazy aunt with the shot-gun here, and there is no more certain way to destroy what is left of Afghanistan than to invite India to replace the USA. The only people the Afghans hate more than the British are the Pakistanis followed by the Indians. A major flaw in US policy for 12 years, apart from lacking intelligence with integrity at the strategic level, or decision-makers with integrity at all levels less tactical, has been the refusal to deal with Pakistan and the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as the necessary precursor to stabilizing and reconstructing Afghanistan. No amount of heroism at the tactical level can compensate for idiocy, corruption, and treason at the strategic level — this is one reason why the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan can be expected to play a powerful role in the 2014 and 2016 elections in the USA. We are not giving up on America the Beautiful.