Mr. Obama's War
And why -- now almost ninety days since Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s report requesting a new strategy and troop reinforcements for Afghanistan -- has his “3 a.m. phone call” to the White House not been answered?
The answer is as clear as it is dangerous: our president’s war plans are rooted in his -- and his administration’s -- naiveté and political correctness.
About five weeks ago, I wrote that President Obama was stalling on Afghanistan because he didn’t want to commit to the long fight and the number of troops that Gen. McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy requires. Since then, leaks and trial balloons launched by the White House evidence support that precise judgment.
If we can win a counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan -- which I doubt, because we are fighting the enemy’s proxies, not the enemies themselves -- we would be fighting on Afghan soil not for years but decades. It would require an open-ended commitment which Obama will never make.
Obama will decide -- eventually -- on a “McChrystal Lite” strategy that will create the greatest danger to our troops while accomplishing the least. And there will be an exit strategy announced to cover the president’s rear in the 2012 election.
There is no worse, no more immoral strategy than to commit too little, to resolve on irresolution which will cost the most American lives while accomplishing nothing that lasts past the moment we withdraw and -- at the same time -- leaves the nations that sponsor terrorism untouched.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Mr. Obama's War?
So... do we hope 2012 gets here quickly or do we hope some miracle will happen between now and then? Although, I can't clearly think of a miracle that can stop this administration other than millions of Americans finally getting together and letting our government know that WE... not them... run this country!