“U.S. Seeks Aid From Pakistan In Peace Effort” (TIMES, 10/31/11)

     When asked whether the United States would “Crack down or negotiate with the Haqqani network,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded: “We want to fight, talk and build all at the same time.”

     But how can we talk with people we are engaged in killing?  “A little bit of both” cannot possibly work.  It will only increase the distrust between the USA and Pakistan.

     It is time to acknowledge that we are wallowing in a quagmire that has been widening and deepening.  We should change the strategy by informing the Afghan leaders that we are pulling out all our troops BEFORE  2014.  To strengthen our resolve, maybe we should replace some of our foreign policy team?


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