Military forces are not designed for "nation building," they are designed to confront, contain, and defeat armed enemies. But in Afghanistan defeating the Taliban will require the willing cooperation and support of the population. We do not have that, and there is no reason to expect that we will ever get such support.
For that reason, I would propose a redical redefinition of our mission there--focusing solely upon destruction of those elements which constitute a danger to the United States and its allies, and abandoning any pretense that we can remake a society which has been thousands of years in its formation. Cut back on the number of American troops there, enlist the cooperation of those fcorces which helped us drive the Taliban from power in 2001, pay off whoever we need to pay off, and get the bad guys. Then bring ALL our boys and girls home as quickly as possible.
We cannot "conquer" Afghanistan and we cannot occupy it for the next two centuries. So let's agree to pursue a strategy that is attainable.
For God so loved the USA, he gave unto it men,rough around the edges who hunt, fish, and do work the rest of you lazy clowns shun. God called these people Red Necks.
On one hand, Obama has to get a handle on what's really going down there. But he has to do so in a manner which best serves the military. But I wouldn't expect an end to this any time soon. These wars we started....we ****ed them up since the beginning.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
The damage is done, and at the risk of someone saying we are using troops death for politics (a disgusting notion)., I agree with Jmac. I agree with ethereal, If Obama took this as serious as he took the olympics, a decision would have been made by now.
Obama is a poor poor leader, he is indecisive, as he has been since the campaign when he could not decide who to back in the georgian war.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
But neither course is automatically correct. It is a matter of having a clearly defined goal and a realistic way to achieve it. That is something we have not had for the past eight years, and Mr. Obama is only going to get one chance to get it right. I don't blame him for being careful--those are our sons and daughters whose lives are being put at risk.
"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett