problems all plague the country of Afghanistan which is part of the
inspiration for our ambassador there, Karl Eikenberry, to object (from the LATIMES) "in
two cables delivered to the State Department saying that additional
troops would be unwise because of the corruption and ineffectiveness of
the Afghan government … The advice in the cables, sent last week,
comes as most signs are suggesting that President Obama soon will
announce plans to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan in
hopes of turning the tide against militants.
It also pits Eikenberry against a former military colleague, Army
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the current commander of U.S. and allied
forces in Afghanistan, who has reportedly told Obama that more than
40,000 troops are needed if the country is to be stabilized."
Coffey about the corruption in the Hamid Karzai government in
Afghanistan and the neighborhood protection and extortion racket that
our government is funding both sides. Then Rachel Maddow discusses with
Seymour Hersh the breaking news that President Barack Obama is not
satisfied with the plans he received regarding Afghanistan from his
advisers because he wants to include withdrawal in those plans. Finally
followed by Rachel Maddow discussing the book LESSONS IN DISASTER with author Gordon Goldstein comparing the parallels between JFK/LBJ vs Obama and how they handled Viet Nam vs Afghanistan.