Sunday, September 20, 2009

A bad sign we have seen before

From the LA Times:
The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge" that will make its station there among the largest in the agency's history, U.S. officials say.

When complete, the CIA's presence in the country is expected to rival the size of its massive stations in Iraq and Vietnam at the height of those wars. Precise numbers are classified, but one U.S. official said the agency already has nearly 700 employees in Afghanistan.
The CIA does not do short term deployments. When they settle in, you know you are looking at the next great quagmire. But you don't have to believe me, just ask yourself two question, "Why are we there?" and " How do we know we have won?". Until every aware American can answer both questions, we will just be spinning our wheels, getting people killed and wasting a huge amount of money.

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