By Paul Losch
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mai... (More)
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mainly in the Bay Area with different companies. My former wife went back to medical school after we had been married a few years, and we moved into married student housing at Stanford, had our two now adult children while she was a medical student, and moved into Palo Alto when she started her Residency. Been here ever since. As my kids were going through the Palo Alto schools, I was actively involved in their activities, most notably head umpire for Palo Alto Little League and 9 years as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, among other activities. My kids both are grown, my son teaches 5th grade locally, and my daughter, fluent in Mandarin, is working in China. I sold the business I owned and ran for 8 years in 2012, worked on the Obama campaign, and am consulting for non-profit organizations, which gives me a nice, flexible schedule. Lots of stamps in my passport, and for fun, I like live performances &emdash; theater and music - and of course the Giants! (Hide)
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Afghanistan, Taliban, Al Qaeda
Uploaded: Aug 1, 2010
If I were sitting in that egg shaped office along PA Avenue, I think I would be telling our folks that we are going to shut down the current effort after the November elections.
We are experiencing the sort of failure there that others have before us. It is not at all clear that dealing with Al Qaeda is getting done--witness the training and related terrorist activities coming out of Yemen, a supposed ally. Ft. Hood, XMas airplane bomber, to name but two.
This stuff is very difficult and complex, but I think that we just have to let go of Afghanistan and deal with these challenges another way. Since it appears that what there is of Al Qaeda in that part of the world is actually on our supposed ally Pakistan's side of the border, it calls into question just why we are putting so much effort next door.
There are many dysfunctional countries in this world.
Terrorists are a threat, and need to be shut down to the extent that is humanly possible.
More and more, I do not see US military initiatives as the means to protect this country from the types of terrorists who threaten our safety.
What is it worth to you?
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