Plan B

Monday, July 23, 2007 at 19:27 | Posted in Iraq, USA, war | Leave a comment
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The legendary Finnish trade union leader Kalervo Kanninen (may he rest in peace) made a very significant point many years ago as we were sitting and chatting over a pint of beer (in fact, several of them): you should never go in to an industrial action unless you have a pretty good idea about how the conflict is going to be dissolved. I have tried to follow those words of wisdom in all my life, not just trade union issues.

In that context it strikes me to read through AFP that the US government still do not seem to have learned their lesson from Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. They are actually considering to send troops to Pakistan:

The top White House counterterrorism official on Sunday refused to rule out a US military incursion into Pakistan’s remote border with Afghanistan to eradicate a resurgent Al-Qaeda militant network.

Where is their plan B? If they are going to invade even parts of Pakistan they had better have a good idea about how to get out of there. Just rushing in there would produce another loose loose situation similar to Iraq and Afghanistan: a quick removal of troops would leave the country in chaos but at the same time the conflict is unwinnable by military force.

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