Monday, November 23, 2009
"We have seen Afghanistan worsen, deteriorate. We need more troops there. We need more resources there ... I would send two to three additional brigades to Afghanistan." Barack H. Obama (September 26, 2008)
Last March, Obama argued that if the Taliban are left unchecked it “…will mean an even larger safe heaven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting, this is fundamental to the defense of our people.” (source)
But still no decision is forthcoming. I wonder now if Obama (secretly) realizes the agony Bush went through as he sent sons, daughters, husbands and wives into harm's way. Now as he is the one to face mounting pressure from both sides... Now that he is the one that experiences first hand that is what is right for the country is not always what is politically expedient or popular.
I agree with the pundits that say THIS is the moment in time that will decide the ultimate fate of Afghanistan (and therefor the Taliban and Al Qaeda). We either send in the number of troops General McChrystal needs and have a chance at victory...or we trickle in troops Vietnam style and waste lives and resources the way Lyndon B. Johnson did in that oft referenced war... You can't "de-escalate the conflict without losing the war" --this isn't public school in America and not everyone is a winner. I pray Obama doesn't squander what little street cred we have left...