Council on Foreign Relations panel advises Obama to scale back Afghan occupation

Influential US experts on Friday painted a grim picture of the Afghanistan war, calling on President Barack Obama to consider scaling back the military mission without signs of progress.

The task force of the Council on Foreign Relations largely backed the Obama administration's plan of intensifying military operations against the Taliban and starting a withdrawal in mid-2011.

But the panel -- led by Richard Armitage and Samuel Berger, top aides to presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton -- said the administration needed to take hard decisions after its own highly anticipated war review in December.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no possible military solution here, only a political one.

The question is, how much longer do we stay in this immoral, illegal war, and how many more Americans and Afghanis have to die before that political settlement is reached?!?

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