Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wisdom From The Retiring US Envoy To Afghanistan

Ryan C. Crocker, the departing ambassador to Afghanistan, says American policy makers had “better do some cold calculating.” Bryan Denton for The New York Times

Retiring Envoy to Afghanistan Exhorts U.S To Heed Its Past -- New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — The American diplomat most associated with the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan says that American policy makers need to learn the lessons of the recent past as they weigh military options for the future, including for Syria and Iran:

¶ Remember the law of unintended consequences.

¶ Recognize the limits of the United States’ actual capabilities.

¶ Understand that getting out of a conflict once you are in can often be dangerous and as destructive for the country as the original conflict.

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My Comment: Will his advice be listened to .... probably not.

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