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About Afghanistan, Dicks is as nervous as anyone

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Sep. 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm with 5 Comments »
September 17, 2010 6:36 pm

Concern about the war in Afghanistan isn’t news, but it’s noteworthy coming from U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks. A major power in Congress, Dicks is one of the nation’s chief makers of defense policy and has a strong grip on the military’s purse strings.

As chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, he’s well briefed on the war and visited Afghanistan twice this year.

Visiting us today, he described the war as “a big question mark” – tougher than Iraq, in part because “79 percent of the people are illiterate,” heroin production is widespread and “corruption keeps getting worse.”

“There’s no question they’re getting stronger,” Dicks said of the Taliban. “I don’t know whether we can turn this thing around.”

“I’m supporting it, but I wonder just how long it’s going to take. How long will the American people support this if we don’t see significant progress? With the surge (in Iraq), once they saw something positive happening, they were willing to give Bush a little more time.”

With Afghanistan, though, “People are all getting nervous,” he said.

Including him, obviously.

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  1. ThinkerDem says:

    If Dicks has the concerns you mention, why does he continue to support it? Because he is supported by the military/industrial complex which has no qualms of conscience over the deaths of American troops and Afghani civilian non-combatants because as long as the war continues, they will make money selling uniforms, planes, arms, equipment,products at their military base malls, fastfood and other entertainment sites for military dependents to spend the pittance that sub-officer troops are paid. War is a racket, and there are no limits to the profiteering as there were in WW2. People whose jobs are connected to the wars are outraged at the thought they would end, and with them, their jobs. That’s why Patty Murray defended the F-22 which even the Pentagon wanted to 86! Until the fiction is finally abandoned that it is “heroic” to kill and die for the profits of Boeing, GE, Blackwater (XE) and other corporations who are paying off legislators with campaign money to keep them going, they will continue. The wars in Iraq and AFghjanistan do nothing to “preserve our freedom” or “keep America safe”–what they are accomplishing is the opposite, and they are bankrupting this country.

  2. geeterpontiac says:

    Good points Patrick,

    I still remember the Adam Smith’s townhall down in Lakewood where he told us we must absolutely win the war in Afghanistan. I remember thinking at the time, what brand of glue has this guy been sniffing?

    Of course he also told us how concerned he was about Obama’s health care plan and how he wouldn’t support it as it was. But, he ended up signing on even though he hadn’t read it. :)

  3. ratujack says:

    Where oh where’s the voice from all of those so called peacefull Muslims. Why don’t they give Afghan and its people a message and set up Missionary activities to help their fellow Muslims in Afghan. The Afghanies must look at Norm Dicks and say buzz-off. What can he do? Let the imam that wants to build the mosque at ground zero go to Afghanistan and walk around and preach for peace and goodwill? Muslims are phony BS ers

  4. Alexander didn’t want to keep it, Rome intelligently bypassed it, Britain got conned into it for awhile, Russia couldn’t keep it up there either, the descendants of the Ottoman Caliphate still maintain tribal control regardless of how much we spend, how long we stay or how much we think that ‘democracy’ is possible in a 1st tier Muslin region.

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