Are We There Yet?

And so the end begins. You just knew this was bound to happen, given that there’s no actual strategy involved. Run away! Italy doesn’t want to play anymore.

Italy to try to seek date for end of Libya mission

Italy pledged on Tuesday to seek an end date for NATO’s Libya operations as Premier Silvio Berlusconi sought to placate a key government partner opposed to Italian participation in the bombing missions.

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters that Rome “will try, along with international organizations, and until, until I’m proven wrong, NATO, and its allies, to set an end” date for the operations.

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Italy to try to seek date for end of Libya mission
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Berlusconi Says Bid to Limit Libya Role Not a Problem
Berlusconi patches up row with allies over Libya
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Interview: Italian experts urge Rome meeting on Libya to change strategy
Libya’s Rebels Spending $60 Million A Day

How is it that it’s suddenly fashionable to start a war and then declare a time limit as to how long you’re willing to fight? Even a five year old can figure out that all the enemy has to do is to wait until you leave and then declare victory. Other than to waste lives and resources, what’s the point of starting a war you’re not going to finish?

/whatever happened to that old fashioned concept of, you know, fighting wars to win?

Who The Hell Are We Fighting And Dying For?

WTF?

Lawmakers Say Karzai Threatened to Join Taliban

Afghan lawmakers say President Hamid Karzai used a closed meeting to lash out at Western critics of his government, saying the Taliban would become a “legitimate resistance movement” if outside meddling in Afghan affairs continued.

The lawmakers say Mr. Karzai also suggested that he might join the Taliban if outside pressure does not stop.

According to several members of the Afghan parliament, Mr. Karzai made the comments during a private meeting with a group of lawmakers Saturday.

In an interview with BBC television Monday, Mr. Karzai said he stands by remarks last week blaming international embassies and organizations for fraud in the August 20 presidential elections.

The White House called Mr. Karzai’s remarks “troubling”, but said a planned meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Mr. Karzai next month in Washington is still scheduled.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Threatens to Join Taliban
Karzai ‘threatened to join Taliban’
Karzai to lawmakers: ‘I might join the Taliban’
Karzai threatens to join Taliban
Karzai threatens to join Taliban
Is Karzai friend or foe to the United States?
AP Analysis: Karzai remarks risk US-Afghan rift
U.S. to Afghan Leader: Watch What You Say
News Wrap: U.S. Expresses Concerns Over Karzai’s Taliban Remarks
U.S. turns up the heat and Karzai smolders
Karzai says he’ll join the Taliban if UN keeps pressuring him
For U.S., Karzai proves to be a very troublesome ally
Afghanistan, a bottomless pit

Let’s see, so we’re propping up Karzai’s government and protecting him from the Taliban and he’s threatening to join the Taliban if we keep insisting that he actually do something about the rampant corruption in his government, is that about it? My, my, that’s certainly a helpful attitude. Do we have any real allies in the region?

/if we’re not careful, one of these days we could find ourselves literally fighting all sides just to physically get our troops out of Afghanistan