Dissent on Viet…oops, Afghanistan reaches higher

It’s not just the junior ranks of the Foreign Service expressing  concern about Obama’s war path in Afghanistan…..

The dynamic reminds one of the criticism of the Diem regime in Vietnam by the US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge. A buddhist-influenced military coup overthrew Diem and that led in turn to a conflict between the US Government and what it called “neutralism” – a third force led by buddhist monks that led a campaign against both the stalinist movement and the US invasion.

Unfortunately there appears to be no coherent third force in Afghanistan today, that is, a democratic movement that opposes both the reactionary politics of the Taliban as well as the corrupt regime installed by the US government.

U.S. envoy resists troop increase, cites Karzai as problem – washingtonpost.com.