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The Bush-Obama Plan for Iraq Failed: 1,000s Killed and Taliban Back On Top

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 American mistakes paved the way for the Taliban insurgency and the subsequent   heavy toll of Nato and civilians lives could have been avoided, according to   Washington’s top diplomat on Afghanistan   and Pakistan.

James Dobbins, Washington’s envoy to the region, said that the shift in US   focus to Iraq, disintegration of the post-September 11 global coalition and   a failure to set up a reconciliation process earlier in the conflict could   have prevented the Taliban’s return. 

“I think we made several mistakes back in 2002,” he said. “I think it was   probably a mistake to delay a serious attempt at reconciliation until 2011. 

 

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iraq (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

“Those initiatives would have been better taken earlier. The decision to move   onto Iraq ultimately made it more difficult to turn attention back to   Afghanistan once the situation there deteriorated. 

“So by 2005, 2006 it was clear that much more needed to be done in Afghanistan   and we simply didn’t have the resources to do so.”

He said the shifting priorities between the two battlefields had allowed the    “defeated and discredited” Taliban to re-emerge.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10420785/US-let-Taliban-come-back-from-defeat-says-top-envoy.html

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 2, 2013 at 1:37 am

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