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Thu., Feb. 12, 2009, 9:48 a.m.

Hammes: Why Is This A Good War?

So how did this become the 'good' war anyhow? Last week the Obama Administration announced plans to send more troops to Afghanistan. The announcement came as no surprise since President Obama, an early critic of the Iraq war, has long supported putting more troops into Afghanistan. What is somewhat surprising is everyone likes the idea. That is, nobody seems to ask whether the United States should continue fighting in Afghanistan. Nobody asks what our strategy there might be. Nobody asks how we will know when we have won. And that is really odd given how the rancor and protest over the Iraq war really divided this country. So -- and this is not just a rhetorical question -- how did Afghanistan become the good war?/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: Can you answer Publisher Dan Hammes' question: "How did Afghanistan become the good war?"

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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