Stay the Course in Afghanistan
If we learned anything since 9/11, we shouldn’t give an inch to terrorists. Here is Clifford D May who writing in the Washington Times explains “Why Afghanistan matters”:
Eight years ago this week, Osama bin Laden watched and then celebrated as a terrorist attack he had authorized brought down the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon, slaughtering thousands of innocent Americans.
Bin Laden was, at that time, in Afghanistan, which was, at that time, ruled by the Taliban. Soon, U.S. forces and their anti-Taliban Afghan allies would chase bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar across the border into the wild tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. From that base, they would organize an insurgency against U.S. and NATO forces and a new Afghan government.
Conservatives are now divided over this conflict. The debate on the right is interesting but academic. Barack Obama — no conservative — is president. During his campaign for the White House, he blasted President Bush for diverting to Iraq resources needed for Afghanistan, the “good war,” the war that, he emphasized, must be fought and won.
With our current President wholly committed to reforming Healthcare, he is letting our generals and Defense Secretary take the lead on Afghanistan. Does any of this sound vaguely familiar? It is George Bush back in 2005, trying the near impossible task of updating Social Security for modern needs, while Iraq, as well as his approval ratings, was crumbling around him .
I do think the chief executive needs to be concerned about domestic issues, and Healthcare is certainly a major issue of our times. During wartime his leadership and full commitment is essential, or the rest matters very little. He is, after all, the commander in chief of the armed forces, and they need his undivided leadership in times like these, not just his support.