Korb and Duggan's "Responsible Afghan Strategy" doesn't seem responsible at all. First off, our track record of attacking countries, occupying them and then attempting to install a system of government more to our liking simply doesn't seem to be working and certainly isn't sustainable as policy. Iraq still seems capable of lurching back into catastrophe at any moment and Afghanistan has already resisted such attempts from the British and the Soviets and is resisting our efforts as well. Second, our eight-year war in Afghanistan must certainly be contributing to Pakistan's increasing instability as well, increasing our danger instead of decreasing it. It seems to be our arrogance to think that we can effect changes we want on these countries without a host of unintended consequences. Finally, we refuse to recognize that our Western drug problem cannot be solved by the "war on drugs," a war that virtually guarantees tremendous profits in the illegal drug trade, and feeds insurgencies like the Taliban and Al Qaeda and criminal gangs in Mexico. A recent British report shows that legalizing drugs will save the British as much as 14 billion pounds per year. Our unwillingness to take responsibility for our own contributions to these problems and our arrogance in assuming we can remake countries like Afghanistan without changing our own behavior dooms our reckless policies.
Apr 7 2009 - 2:09pm