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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tables turning: Bellwether of opportunistic conservatism Newt Gingrich echoes Steele, declares Afghan war “is not going to end well"

Newt Gingrich: Afghanistan won’t 'end well'

(Politico) -- by Andy Barr --

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is predicting that the war in Afghanistan is “not going to end well.”

Gingrich made the comments during a recent visit to Iowa.

"We are in enormous danger because we consistently underestimate how hard this is,” Gingrich said of the war, according to a report from The Des Moines Register.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele recently faced a week of negative press coverage and calls for his resignation after making similar statements at a Republican fundraiser in Connecticut.

But Steele’s rough treatment after suggesting the war in Afghanistan couldn’t be won didn’t seem to faze Gingrich, who charged ahead in arguing that the war likely won’t end in victory.

Gingrich asserted that the counterinsurgency doctrine created by Gen. David Petraeus “doesn't go deep enough for some place like Afghanistan.”

“You're dealing with Afghan culture that is fundamentally different than us, in ways we don't understand,” Gingrich said. The war “is not going to end well.”...LINK

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