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Afghanistan: The US surpasses the Soviet record and model

As of last Friday, the U.S.-led coalition has been fighting in Afghanistan for as long as the Soviets did in their humbling attempt to build up a socialist state. It seems clear that a similar — or even grander — “prize” awaits us as the one with which the Soviets were rewarded.

This decade of utter futility hasn’t at all diminished the Government’s appetite for endless war in the Muslim world. By all accounts, the administration its actively debating whether to accelerate its already escalated intervention in Yemen. We’ve dramatically increased our covert actions in countless countries across the Muslim world.

And former Bush State Department legal adviser John Bellinger III argues in The Washington Post for a re-writing of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) — not in order to rescind it after nine years of endless war-fighting, but rather to expand it, on the ground that it “provides insufficient authority for our military and intelligence personnel to conduct counterterrorism operations today” and outrageously fails to empower the President’s “wish to target or detain a terrorist who is not part of al-Qaeda” (for good measure, he also wants the new law to authorize the killing of American citizens and to allow detention without charges).

[Excerpt of Salon article]

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