The United States faces a daunting challenge in Central Asia, according to a Wisconsin congressman who's just returned from the region.
“Afghanistan and Pakistan are two countries today, whose governments are not in control of their own countryside,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “They probably have regions are ungovernable, and they certainly have militants who are not reconcilable.” The LaCrosse Democrat said he had a chance to visit with members of the armed forces from Wisconsin. Kind said their morale is good, but they're in a “tough, difficult and dangerous situation.”
“This is going to be tough,” said Kind of the problems facing the U.S. in the region. “It's not going to turn around overnight. But, do we really want to risk having these states fail . . . providing sanctuaries or safe havens for terrorist operations?” Kind was in the region as part of a congressional fact finding mission.