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Garamendi returns from Afghanistan

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 3:01 pm in Congressional District 10, John Garamendi.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove

East Bay Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, has returned from a three-day trip to Afghanistan even more convinced that the U.S. should swiftly withdraw its military troops.

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  • Common Tater

    “JG returns from Afghanistan?”

    That’s not news. News would be if he stayed in Afghanistan. And it would be welcome news, at that.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Taleban fighters are tough bastards. As Kipling said of another fanatical fighting force (Mahdi/Khalifa) in 19th Century Sudan:
    So ‘ere’s to you, Fuzzy Wuzzy
    at yer ‘ome in old Sudan!
    Yer a poor, benight’d ‘eathen
    But a first-class fightin’ man!

  • Elwood

    What is our goal in Afghanistan?

    How will we know when or if we have accomplished it?

    Is ten years long enough?

  • Common Tater

    American Armed Forces have been in Germany for 65 years. What is our goal there?

  • Elwood

    @CT

    Having been one of those forces for a couple of years, I would say their goal is to deter Russky aggression. It’s been successful.

    Furthermore, these are garrison troops. No one is shooting at them. Although German beer and friendly frauleins can be a hazard.

  • John W

    Re #3

    I’d say our purpose is to keep AfPak Al Qaeda and Taliban on the run so that they cannot regroup pre-9/11 style or over-run Pakistan and gain control of the nukes. It’s a bit misleading when people say we’ve been at war in Afghanistan for 10 years. We went in after 9/11 but then quickly diverted assets to Iraq and didn’t get serious about Afghanistan again until 2009/10. So, excluding the time when we had minimal presence and focus in the country, we’ve been at it more like 4 years. But political support on both sides of the aisle is eroding fast.