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October 3, 2001 5:49 PM   Subscribe

Biden to propose reconstruction if Afghanistan attacked. Sounds good to me.
posted by donkeyschlong (13 comments total)

 
We may run into a bit of a problem with Russia and /or China on this since it would extend our sphere of influence. But again, an example of the decent things America is capable of doing. But the self lacerating types will again badmouth America
posted by Postroad at 5:52 PM on October 3, 2001


"that's the sound of a man, working on a presidential...campai-ia-ia-gn"...and i like it.
posted by athensltd at 5:54 PM on October 3, 2001


Sounds like another Marshall Plan. I'd rather see this than a push to be isolationist after this ordeal is over.
posted by mathowie at 5:54 PM on October 3, 2001


Sounds like a perfect end to the Afgan mess to me.
posted by revbrian at 6:05 PM on October 3, 2001


Sounds like another Marshall Plan.

That's not surprising considering Biden's habit of 'borrowing' ideas from others.
posted by ljromanoff at 6:16 PM on October 3, 2001


I wouldn't be so sanguine about what takes over Afghanistan if the Taliban gets their dance card cancelled this time out. The Northern Alliance is an alliance only as long as the Taliban is there to oppose.

The Northern Alliance is composed of the same old war lord gangs that used to rule Afghanistan since time immemorial and to think that their opposition to the Taliban has somehow magically changed them into a bunch of Jeffersonian democrats is, well, not a very good bet.

Not that the Taliban deserves to remain in control longer than it takes the first cruise missile to arrive. I would just caution that there might not be anything approaching a viable governmental infrastructure worthy of our throwing dollars at once the dust has settled.

Other than that, what is the problem over at plastic.com again? I keep getting the accursed Apache server problem message. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
posted by MAYORBOB at 6:45 PM on October 3, 2001


YES! I am very heartened to hear our political leaders finally begin to address our moral and humanitarian responsibility to the people of Afghanistan following our imminent intervention there.

I only hope this proposal receives the same kind of bipartisan support the Bush Administration is receiving right now for their multi-pronged initiatives.

Similarly, I also long to see, beginning ASAP, our U.S. military delivering food, medical supplies and shelter to the people of Afghanistan, both in the interior of the country and the refugees already in Pakistan and along its border. Not just because it's the right thing to do -- but because we need to do everything we can (however limited our options may be, as ultimate outsiders) to win the support of the Islamic community.
posted by verdezza at 7:45 PM on October 3, 2001


God... I sound like such a tool of "Up With People" in what I just wrote. (But that doesn't mean I believe it any less.)
posted by verdezza at 7:47 PM on October 3, 2001


Similarly, I also long to see, beginning ASAP, our U.S. military delivering food, medical supplies and shelter to the people of Afghanistan, both in the interior of the country and the refugees already in Pakistan and along its border.

Me, too. And laptops with wireless web connections, too. Internet porn, folks--that's what we're fighting for & fighting with!
posted by y2karl at 8:09 PM on October 3, 2001


"Marshall Plan" should only be considered when the target objective is met to eliminate all global terrorist networks successfully - not by piecemeal.
posted by jacques67 at 8:30 PM on October 3, 2001


oh, great. i can see it now, "Attack USA, Win Big Prizes!"

if we go over there and eliminate the folks behind the attack (with as much precision as possible given the circumstances), I don't see how we owe them jack.
posted by nobody_knose at 10:05 PM on October 3, 2001


The Mouse that Roared

The reason we would give aid to Afghanistan is not because we owe them anything, but because we want to prevent them from being taken over by some other evil group of thugs.
posted by chiheisen at 12:43 AM on October 4, 2001


Do we really want to dump billions of dollars into a country where women aren't allowed to get an education? Will you want your tax money going to a government that advocates killing missionaries?

I'll support rebuilding Afghanistan when they support freedom and human rights. Deal?
posted by y6y6y6 at 5:44 AM on October 4, 2001


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