Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Analyst: No end in sight to Afghan war

Press TV Interview
With Ray McGovern

"Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked US President Barack Obama to review the war strategy in Afghanistan as civilian deaths continue to rise.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, to learn his views on possible modifications the US government might make to the existing war strategy in Afghanistan.

Following is the transcript of the interview....

So the whole thing is an incorrigible mix of conflicting strategic objectives and Karzai is right in the middle here; he is a pawn. He cannot really say anything or do much with respect to the US because were the US troops to leave, Karzai wouldn't last a month or two.

So it is very complicated, it needs to end. My suggestion is that the regional powers, Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan need to get together and figure out how to end this needless turmoil. To the degree that it has to do with the possession of the natural resources there, let them work it out. The US could participate, but it is no longer possible to dominate this kind of country and the sooner everyone realizes that, the better. Cooperation is the name of the game....."

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