Last edited by MSgt; 11-28-09 at 02:01 PM.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
obama's about to ESCALATE the war in afghanistan
how's that make you few remaining supporters of the president feel?
it's clear (to me) he's been holding off this decision, desperately trying to finish health care first
this is now no longer possible
health care, if it's not officially surrendered before, will still be being debated in april
in the meantime, how's ESCALATION of an afghan war play within obama's shrinking, exhausted base?
The military has spent 8 years in Afghanistan developing cultural knowledge and wisdom. It has spent 11 years studying the Iraqi culture (ignored by the Rumsfeld coven) and another 6 years in Iraq up close with the culture. Couped with my persoinal dribve to undertand my enemy and my personal education in Middle Eastern studies I feel confident enough to carry on a discussion (if only to understand things a bit better for myself).
They are two different cultures and thusly two diffferent kinds of people. If you still refuse to see this then let me put it to you a different way...
The Russians were at a crossroad after the Berlin Wall came down. They could have traveled the western world of success or sought something familiar. In the later part of Yeltsin's presidency and throughout Putin's, they chose to surrender their individual liberties and freedoms one by one in exchange for security. Is something western Europeans could do? Americans? These are different civilizations with different cultures and histories. The Middle East is no different.
But if you prefer to "nu-uh" what I offer or to fall back on the "prove it" dismissals while refusing to perform a simple google search, then live in ignorance and do me a favor - ignore me.
Iraq spent a few years battering their way through their historical tendency's to hate each other. The Shia sought revenge while the Sunni sought to further prove their superiority. In the end, the two distinct tribes grew tired of swimming in Muslim blood. What they have is their long line of educational base amongst its population to push foreward. Afghanistan does not have this advantage. They are clan (gang, thugs, warlords,) based. Those who lived in the cities were only somewhat educated if they were males and they were subjected to Saudi built Madrasahs where religious Sharia was a big part of curriculum. Or do you think the secular Saddam Hussein and the religious Tali-Ban had similar goals in its education systems?
Think of Somalia and the almost impossibility of national unity and you will have an idea of what your troops are dealing with in Afghanistan while our politicians far away in Washington profess to know what's best.
Fine if he gives the war fighters what they have asked for.
I find it odd how quickly people jump to assume that the White House knows more about an enemy than those who face them everyday. It's like a hospital administrator telling a surgeon that his advice on surgery is "noted," but he will need to take in the advice of non-doctors before he makes a decision.