US has ‘cynical policy’ in Afghanistan

The Unites States has a Å“cynical policy” in Afghanistan, continuing to kill Afghan civilians and causing Å“vast destruction,” a peace activist said in an interview with Press TV.

President Barack Obama and the US military have Å“been continuing to kill Afghan civilians,” said Richard Becker, a member of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.

Å“The US military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have caused vast destruction, have torn those countries apart, have radically lowered the living standards for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan,” Becker told Press TV on Wednesday.

Å“What weâ„¢re seeing is the cynical policy which has the president writing letters to the families of those killed, expressing his great condolences and yet pursuing a policy which means that more and more will die on the Afghan side and on the US side,” he said.

Beckerâ„¢s remarks were in reference to a blistering criticism of President Obamaâ„¢s leadership style in Afghanistan by former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.

In his book, Å“Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” Gates accuses Obama and his top civilian advisers of lacking faith in their own strategy for the war in Afghanistan, especially the surge of 30,000 troops in late 2009.

The forthcoming memoir threatens to exacerbate current criticism of US policy in Afghanistan and Iraq. It reveals deep divisions between the White House and the Pentagon.

Republicans seized on the memoir as a confirmation of their criticism of Obama as a commander in chief.


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Source: Press TV