Finally, A Decision for Afghanistan: We’re In It to Win It
Three months ago, I joined a number of Americans in urging President Obama to provide the resources necessary to achieve our goals in Afghanistan. Tonight, I am glad he mostly heeded that advice.
Right, the President was taking your advice…right. No wonder I disagree with it. By “we’re in it” do you mean you and Obama? That’s weird…are you ready to pal around with him now?
At long last, President Obama decided to give his military commanders much of what they need to accomplish their mission in Afghanistan. In the end, he decided to endorse a “surge” for Afghanistan, applying the counterinsurgency principles of “clear, hold and build” that worked so well in Iraq. Given that he opposed the surge in Iraq, it is even more welcome that he now supports a surge in Afghanistan.
“At long last”? Because he’s been jacking around on a ranch all these months? “Worked so well in Iraq”? OK, put down the Red Bull and eat a crouton…it will help. The only surge GWB had that was productive resulted in the birth of twins. SURGE MEANS MORE DEAD PEOPLE.
This approach means, as Senator John McCain has noted, that “We now have an opportunity to build a bipartisan consensus in support of a vital national security priority: defeating Al-Qaeda and its violent extremist allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and ensuring that these countries never again serve as bases for terrorist attacks against America and our allies.”
John McCain. Really? Do you think after seeing you turkey trot around the country on your Quitstock Tour that ANYONE thinks John McCain has the judgment of a turnip? Didn’t he say he was OK with 10,000 years of war?! Thanks, but no thanks.
We should be clear, however, that fewer troops mean assuming more risk. Talk of an exit date also risks sending the wrong message. We should be in Afghanistan to win, not to set a timetable for withdrawal that signals a lack of resolve to our friends, and lets our enemies believe they can wait us out. As long as we’re in to win, and as long as troop level decisions are based on conditions on the ground and the advice of our military commanders, I support President Obama’s decision.
– Sarah Palin
Tell me Sister Sarah, WHAT DO WE WIN? That goes for you too, Mr. President. WHAT DO WE WIN? Unless we are willing to make Afghanistan the 51st state, there will be a time we leave…and they can wait a long time.
See Russia vs. Afghanistan. No, look the other way.