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  •  Hmmm. (7+ / 0-)
    You and your cohorts
    are eager to use this young girl as some voice of truth against the US usage of drones in fighting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
    Well, if you put it that way.... Sure. I think her saying "drone strikes are doing more harm than good" is a voice of truth. Ya got me, slugger. I'm not sure how she's being "used" by me and my "cohorts", since she went to the White House and spoke with the POTUS and said what she said of her own volition. I happen to agree with her. That's it.
    Secondly, it is ridiculous to try and present the argument that Afghans are hateful of the US, specifically because of the usage of drones... No, if they are hateful, they are hateful because are war is being waged in their country.
    So the constant threat of aerial bombardment from the sky at any given moment is wholly separate from the idea of "are war being waged in their country"? They're cool with the drone strikes, but their beef is with something else? Seriously Ned, if you only reply to one thing I say in this comment, please make it this one.

     I'm gonna try and phrase this as obviously as I can: for native Afghanis and Pakistanis, the concept of "the U.S. is making war in our country" primarily manifests itself in the form of bombs dropping out of the sky and blowing shit up in their villages. That's a good chunk of the reason for why they're upset at the U.S. Is that really so confusing for you?

    Thirdly, yes, you and your cohorts have not only been arguing against drones, you have been arguing against the efforts of the US to go after terrorism.
    Yeah.... No. This is probably the most baseless claim in your whole comment, so I'll just leave it as is.
    Fourth, the President will wind down the war as he sees fit, and troops will leave Afghanistan in 2014, he will not alter his policy because this young lady wants him to do so. Yes, she is sixteen and has an opinion; the  President has an opinion too, but he has to run an entire nation.  
    Do you feel better now?

    Banking on the American people to be able to sort all this out and declare the adult in the room the winner is a very big bet. -Digby

    by Boogalord on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:08:45 AM PDT

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    •  I've said all I need to say on this issue, except (0+ / 0-)

      for the fact that there are many other women in Afghanistan who want the US effort against the Taliban to continue, as many told John Kerry on his trip to Afghanistan.

      He met with a number of prominent Afghan women during an Entrepreneurship Showcase held on Embassy grounds. Virtually each one of the eight women selected to meet Kerry took the opportunity of being face-to-face with the U.S. Secretary of State to express fears over their security and well-being after NATO-led forces draw down their military presence at the end of 2014.

      The US ending its use of drone did not cause the Taliban to attack this young woman. If the US had never set foot in that country women would still be attacked by the Taliban.

      •  or rather the US ending its use of drones will not (0+ / 0-)

        end the Taliban's abuse of women. Cruelty such as throwing acid in the face of girls who want to attend school will still continue.  

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