Friday, January 14, 2011

'US military seeks to prolong Afghan war'

Interview with investigative journalist, Gareth Porter

Press TV

"Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has predicted a rise in violence in Afghanistan this year that would topple 2010 as the deadliest year for US-led forces since the 2001 invasion.

Press TV interviewed investigative journalist Gareth Porter regarding the US occupation and the how the White House might demand a negotiation which would be against the interests of the military.....

Porter: The military has to acknowledge that there will be a political settlement. They have been acknowledging that all along. This is not new by any means. The question really is whether they are prepared to support a political settlement anytime in the foreseeable future before the military has been able to establish clearly any claim to be successful in Afghanistan.

I think the answer to that question is clearly, “No they are not”. Again this is an issue in which there is enormous tension between the White House on one hand and the military on the other. The White House certainly knows that the only way the United States is going to be able to get out of this war is to negotiate a settlement.

Politically what the military wants which is for this war to go on indefinitely. It's simply not politically feasible for any sitting President. Therefore, the White House logically is going to be thinking much more seriously about starting a negotiation process much earlier than the military would like.

So again I think that it's inevitable that there will be continuing tensions over that issue. I don't know how it's going to turn out because the White House has proven to be very responsive to the demands of the military. It may well be in the end the President will break down and concede for another year or two to the military on this issue....."

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