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May 6, 2009

Quote Of The Day

by Brad Warbiany

From David Rittgers, Cato@Liberty:

As I have said before, the quickest way to create an insurgent is to burn a man’s livelihood. This may be a competent counternarcotics tactic, but it is an epic failure as a counterinsurgency strategy. We can fight a war against the Taliban or we can fight the war on drugs, but we can’t do both in the same place at the same time.

Internally, libertarians can debate the merits of the Afghanistan conflict and whether the end result will be a safer or less safe America. My view is that if done properly, counterinsurgency operations can be successful over the long term, but it is situationally dependent whether they’re worth the effort.

What I think we can all agree on is that the drug war is unwinnable, and that fighting the drug war in Afghanistan is a mutually exclusive goal with our counterterrorism efforts there. If we have to give up one goal, I suggest the drug war.

UPDATE: Edited post to correctly attribute quote to David Rittgers, not Doug Bandow. My mistake and my apologies to David for the error.

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  2. The government isn’t going to stop the drug war even through that is where the enemy gets it’s funds. It is going to lay pipe and create civilization or go bust like it’s predecessor as it completely destabilizes nuclear Pakistan.

    They don’t have a plan. Obama asked for one when he became president and the military had nothing for him according to the New York Times.

    The best idea I’ve seen was to make peace with the Pashtun tribe by offering to leave them alone/pay them off (a surge of buying off enemies like in Iraq) in exchange that they do not harbor terrorist any longer (it is their code of ethics to protect whoever). Kill Osama, declare victory and leave. I doubt this scenario would take place because it goes against the laying pipe and social engineering focus of the social democrats.

    Comment by uhm — May 6, 2009 @ 11:11 am
  3. Great quote, but it should be attributed to David Rittgers, not Doug Bandow.

    Comment by Brandon — May 6, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
  4. Thanks for catching that, Brandon. My mistake, and I’ve corrected it above.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — May 6, 2009 @ 2:40 pm
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