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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Baby steps

Barack Obama's decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan is a positive if small step in reordering our national priorities.

I don't claim to know all the military intelligence or strategic thinking. But it strikes me as the kind of rational, balanced decision that leaves neither party satisfied. In short, the type of political compromise so lacking in Washington today.

Afghanistan is the ultimate lose, lose situation. We have squandered thousands of lives and billions of dollars in propping up a corrupt regime. Yet a the same time, we have a security interest there -- as opposed go Iraq, the ultimate in foolish wars.

Now if we could only come up with a solution to the other half our South Asia headaches -- our "allies" in Pakistan.

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