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Stay the Course in Afghanistan

September 13, 2009

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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. elgatoso permalink
    September 13, 2009 3:16 pm

    send the drones!!!

  2. William permalink
    September 13, 2009 9:01 am

    I’d pull most of the troops out and just leave special forces and military advisors and forward air controllers.

    Build up the afghan army, embed with them, but let them do most of the fighting. Also use special forces for surgical strikes against high priority taliban.

    I’d also spend some of the money that was saved, on improving ordinary afghans lives, by building roads, infrastructure etc, but use local afghans to do this, giving them jobs.

  3. Mrs. Davis permalink
    September 13, 2009 8:38 am

    And another about how we are financing the Taliban.

    I’m also looking for one of those AFP articles from the late 1770’s that decries how the insurgency in the British colonies is being squandered by ineffective French leadership.

    I am in favor of telling the Afghans we’ve done what we can for now, there’s no purpose in us staying, if they do it again, we’ll make them look back on the stone age as good old days.

  4. Mike Burleson permalink*
    September 13, 2009 7:47 am

    Thanks Mrs D! Another article I read this morning by the architects of the Surge, also makes the point we may be repeating early Iraq mistakes in the Afghan:

  5. Mrs. Davis permalink
    September 13, 2009 7:32 am

    It’s not Bush 2005, it’s LBJ 1964. Bush made his highest priority the war and suffered in the polls. LBJ made his highest priority the polls and we all suffered everywhere. See Belmont Club

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