Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Afghanistan is just a show

The U.S. is going to send 30,000 additional troops into Afghanistan for a year, then we will pull out. The U.S. is already pulling out of Iraq, so why the show of force in Afghanistan? Why not just quit now? Does President Obama really believe that we will win during the year that our ‘surge’ is in effect? More likely it will be just a waste of lives and money. On paper, it looks like the strategy of the ‘surge’ in Iraq. If so, he is expecting much better results seeing as how the situation in Afghanistan is so much more difficult than Iraq. Particularly regarding terrain. No, this Afghanistan ‘surge’ is just a show. Timed politically to have the U.S. out of both Iraq and Afghanistan prior to the presidential election cycle in 2012.

Politics and warfare do not mix well. The President must disagree with this statement. I believe that he misunderstands warfare so badly that he is actually dangerous. I guess we may find out during the next 3 to 4 years.

P.S. (I figure 4 years because President Obama is still blaming President Bush for things a year after he left office. Besides, my own intuition has been to hold the current President responsible for many events beginning in the 2nd year of the Presidency. I usually give the new President a break for the first 6 months to a year, particularly concerning foreign policy. By the way, President Obama’s year is up.)

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