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[4 Sep 2009 | Comments Off | ]

America does not need a ground presence in Afghanistan. Violence and heroin trafficking are bad, but they happen in numerous other places in the world without it provoking American intervention. Much like our efforts in Vietnam, the escalation movement is convincing, except for the fact that it desperately needs to define its terms.
What is “success” in Afghanistan? Stable, efficient governance? We enabled the most fair election we could in this country—and if we forcibly alter the results, how legitimate will this election, or any other, appear? Perhaps if we …

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[4 Sep 2009 | Comments Off | ]

By itself, the escalation of violence in Afghanistan already guarantees an increased American commitment. Aside from violence, other extenuating circumstances call for an increase in American presence in Afghanistan.
Corruption in the Karzai government is rampant. According to a 2006 survey from Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), corruption in Afghanistan is currently higher than at any time during Taliban or Soviet rule. The same IWA survey also stated that Afghani citizens believe that one out of every two government officials is corrupt; of the Afghani surveyed by IWA, 60% report having to …