Obama's decision to escalate in Afghanistan has pleased few people but the Taliban, who told Al Jazeera,
"More troops just means a larger target for us to hit." The Guardian's
Simon Jenkins likewise sees it as a losing move in an ongoing battle between America's military-industrial complex and those who seek a better way.
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A surge means "marrying the military's desperation for ever more
troops to the raw, bleeding fact that the Afghan war is hopeless. The
killing can go on forever, but the war is lost."