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…one dimensional, you should read this interview with New York Times LondonBureau Chief John Burns from yesterday’s show, which covers many topics but most importantly Burns’ gloomy assessment of the end game unfolding in Afghanistan:

I speak as one who, like I think many people in the Western world, felt that the American-led military action against the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11 was absolutely justified and absolutely inevitable. But I’ve had for some time a very dark feeling that we are getting ourselves further and further into a situation that is similar to that, that the Soviets had in Afghanistan by 1987, that’s to say eight or nine years into their occupation of Afghanistan. We’re now ten years into the NATO occupation, or at least NATO military action in Afghanistan. And it seems to me harder and harder to maintain what looks like a fiction about being able to exit Afghanistan within the next two to three years, leaving behind a government that can sustain itself. It just doesn’t seem probable to me. That’s what the Soviets hoped to be able to do. The government that was established under their occupation lasted, against the odds, for two or three years before it collapsed. And it just seems to me, and I say this with great, great regret, that it seems highly improbable that we will be able to exit Afghanistan and then look back and be able to say mission accomplished. I think it’s much more likely that the sands of Afghanistan will eventually cover all that we’ve attempted to accomplish there.

And because talk radio is an echo chamber, you might enjoy this back and forth with on air and off air pal Jonathan Alter in which we discuss the president’s incoherent positions on whether or not he can impact the price of gas, and in which Jonathan compares President Obama’s re-election campaign to Richard Nixon’s 1972 effort.

And because talk radio is mirthless teeth-grinding by grim right wing extremists, you might enjoy my chat with Mark Steyn on his new role as Dick Cheney’s body double.

Now, over at Air America…


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