Afghanistan is still Bush's war, but a good war to wage. Bush was right to fight this one. I am afraid that the first war to be attributed to Obama may be Pakistan, and sooner than you think.
Last edited by danarhea; 05-12-09 at 04:02 PM.
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1. I don't think Obama was against this conflict from the beginning. I certainly do not recall him ever saying such a thing, and if he did I certainly missed it. In fact, his remarks from 2007 indicate that he supported - not opposed - the conflict in Afghanistan. "I did not oppose all wars, I said. I was a strong supporter of the war in Afghanistan. But I said I could not support 'a dumb war, a rash war' in Iraq. I worried about a 'U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences' in the heart of the Muslim world. I pleaded that we 'finish the fight with bin Ladin and al Qaeda'." (Source: BarackObama.com | Remarks of Senator Obama: The War We Need to Win).
2. True, we invaded the sovereign nation of Afghanistan - a nation controlled by the Taliban, a regime which not only harbored the terrorist Osama Bin Laden, but supported his brutal attack against the United States of America as well. Liberals and conservatives have our ideological differences, but the vast majority of us stood together after the attack because we are first and foremost Americans. Danarhea's words were dead on - "Afghanistan is still Bush's war, but a good war to wage. Bush was right to fight this one." Few Americans - liberal OR conservative - would disagree.
3. I respect your right to believe that Afghanistan is a fiasco, though I personally disagree. The arguments can be made that Obama is mishandling the conflict, or that Bush mishandled it, or whatever. But I stand behind Obama on this conflict just like I stood behind Bush, because both Presidents have acted in the best interest of our country by this conflict. Yes, war is hell and it's a great tragedy whenever mankind is forced into it, but like philosopher John Stuart Mill said, "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929