"Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
How Long, Mr. President?
We are witnessing a very real tragedy. General McChristol issued a report to Secretary of Defense Gates on August 30 regarding the situation in Afghanistan. In this report, he concluded:
That's polite military speak for - "unless we act, we are going to lose." The report concluded that he needed more troops to accomplish the mission. This is the mission that he was originally sent to accomplish after the "new strategy" was selected this past March by Obama (March 27: "Today, I am announcing a comprehensive new strategy for Afghanistan...")
I guess this is Obama's way of voting "present." Announce a strategy, send someone to execute it, you don't like what he tells you...announce a strategy review and stall.
The problem is this:
Those men are someone's boyfriend, husband, son. One of the big reasons Obama supposedly got elected for was because he was going to end the "bad" war, Iraq, and "really fight" the "good war," Afghanistan. The decision is very straightforward, without room for the beloved nuance of the the left, we either fight to win - and commit the resources to do it, or we withdraw and deal with the consequences.
The last time a democrat president didn't listen to his field commanders, was when Bill Clinton's people decided to refuse the request for armor on the ground in Mogadishu...this is what happened:
Can we not learn from this Mr. President?