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By The Reverend Published: February 27, 2012

Those wild and crazy Afghan Muslims are in the news again. It seems as if U.S. actions resulting in the incineration of entire Afghan wedding parties, innocent Afghan women and children, and the Muslim Magic Book, the Koran,.....for ten continuous years.....is not fully appreciated by Afghanis. Unlike their American counterparts, Afghanis are so sensitive.

The latest U.S. propaganda on Afghan protests focuses on the latest round of U.S. personnel burning Korans. President Obama has apologized to the Afghanis for the latest Koran burnings.....something the GOP winger-right presidential contender, Rick Santorum, would never do.

American presidents should never apologize for anything that the U.S. does..........ever. That's how a President Ricky would win over the hearts and minds of all humans who are not U.S. citizens. Quite a plan. Should be a boon for U.S-World relations. It worked out so well when implemented by the wildly popular, and internationally praised, George W. Bush.

But let's set the neo-con Hall of Famers aside for a moment....and listen to one of President Obama's guys.....

...senior American officials said on Sunday that the mission had to go on. “This is not the time to decide that we’re done here,” the American ambassador in Kabul, Ryan C. Crocker, said in an interview on CNN. “We have got to redouble our efforts. We’ve got to create a situation in which Al Qaeda is not coming back.”

What's the "mission" again? Well, it's a hydra-headed mission. The American people thought we went to Afghanistan to bring 9-11 masterminds and leaders to justice. However, Bush and Condi didn't just want to "swat at flies", as the American enemy, Bill Clinton, wanted to do....they wanted to do something really, really big. Bush and his Dick sidekick told us that "those who harbor al-Qaeda" are also our enemies, which made the Afghan Taliban our enemy too. 10 years later......10 years.....and while Osama is dead....still no "mission accomplished."

What's the new "mission" according to Ambassador Crocker?

"We've got to create a situation in which Al Qaeda is not coming back."

Does that sound like a reasonable "mission".....ten years later? And just how would U.S. military personnel create a situation in Afghanistan where Al Qaeda members, however many remain alive, can't come back into Afghanistan? Another ten years of occupation? A few hundred more drone attacks?

Does Crocker even realize that the "mission" inside Afghanistan the last ten years has resulted in more hatred among Afghanis toward America? If the goal now is to create.....something....inside of the ungovernable country of Afghanistan which guarantees Al Qaeda doesn't come back there...how does alienating the Afghan population help to accomplish that goal?

Perhaps it is all President Obama's fault and all Americans need to do is elect Mitt Romney to the presidency......then the Afghan mission will get accomplished successfully as well as promptly?

“It’s obviously very dangerous there, and the transition effort is not going as well as we’d like to see it go. But certainly the effort there is an important one, and we want to see the Afghan security troops finally able to secure their own country and bring our troops home when that job is done.”

It seems as if Mitt accepts the Ryan Crocker message about the mission.

Does anyone really believe that Afghan security troops will ever be able to "secure their own country?"

I don't.

Consider what one senior official said yesterday....

“The Afghans have to do their part as well,” the official said. “Our will to pursue the mission is strong but could ebb if the Afghans don’t follow through quickly on their end of the deal.”

Seems odd to me to read the words of warning...."if the Afghans don't follow through quickly". After ten years? If Afghanis don't act "quickly", right now, after ten years of failure to "stand up"....U.S. "will" might ebb?

Remember.....we've had 10 years to stand the Afghan forces up so that we could, you know, stand down. But 10 years in and the same official quoted above told the NY Times reporter....

....the Afghan government needed to do a better job of vetting its soldiers and police officers to help stem attacks on alliance troops by Afghans.

Sound promising? Hopeful?

The Afghanis can't even vet their own would-be security forces. And did I mention that this was all after 10 years of U.S. occupation?

Get out now.

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