Taliban Pogy

Obama's latest plan to deal with the Taliban apparently involves government pogy for Taliban insurgents.  I guess I couldn't have expected anything different from someone who so wholly believes that big bureaucratic top-down government is the answer to health care.  I know - I shouldn't be so hard on him - it's backed also by  Lord Socialist Brown in the UK as well.

As far as I can see to get out the quagmire in Afghanistan the international community needs to do three things:
1)  Encourage local militias to introduce self sufficiency for Afghans.
2)  Legalize and license the opium trade.  This is a drug war the world will not win.  Practically speaking this may not be possible.  I fully understand this, but even some minor moves towards liberalizing drug laws could have dramatic effects.
3)  Stop supporting the regime of Hamid Karzai.  He's becoming quickly a despot and the west would do best to distance themselves from him now while they still can.

Giving welfare to terrorists is not the solution to the Afghan insurrection.  I would hope we can all agree on that at least.

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