It’s time to get out of
Back in my UU days I wrote a piece on the reasons for going into
1. Saddam was a tyrant and a threat to
2. The American public was behind it.
3. The terrain in
4. Arabs historically have been pathetic warriors. They quit rather that fight.
5. Iraqis were a relatively well-educated population with a history that had included visions of democratic rule.
7. Fight them over there and we wouldn’t have to fight them here. Or, at least, it would be less likely that we would fight them here.
I can’t remember if those were exactly the same things I listed in those days before Facebook but it’s pretty close. At any rate, let’s apply this list to
- The government in
is not a tyranny. Surely it’s corrupt when measured by Western standards, but the Taliban has been overthrown. Afghanistan
- The American public has turned against involvement in
. O’Reilly says 60% are against it but I’m too lazy to fact check that. Afghanistan
- The terrain in
is anything but flat. We can’t roll in the tanks. The mountainous topography favors those who walk it, who grew up in it--not those (Americans) who are interlopers. Afghanistan
- Afghanis are historically tenacious fighters. Ask the British, ask the Soviets. Does no one read a history book? These guys have been at war for decades if not centuries. It’s what they know. They will never quit.
- There is little history in
Afghanistanof any sort of respect for, desire for, or vision of democratic institutions . It’s a tribal society that rejects central authority. Good citizens put tribal interests above the rule of law. They’re not buying what we’re trying to sell them.
- They don’t have oil. They have opium and pistachios. We need neither. Grandma will not freeze in the winter when the opium and pistachio supplies are cut off.
is missing the key ingredient of democratic governance—a stable, prosperous, educated middle class. And they won't have that ingredient in this lifetime. Afghanistan
- They are not a threat to us. Sure, when we leave, the Taliban will take back over and Al Qaeda will re-establish training camps. That’s what cruise missiles are for. (Do we still have neutron bombs?) And, sure, it will be seen internationally as a defeat for
. That’s why we have aircraft carriers and B-2 bombers. If things get too bad, we can turn America Venezuelainto a modern-day to re-establish our standing as a superpower. Granada
My Pa spent a Christmas or two of my childhood away from home on a submarine dropping frogmen off on the shores of
What makes this worse? The Obama government is quite simply incapable of dealing with
We can’t fight this war half-way and expect to succeed. I don't think we even have a vision of success. A request for more troops is not the same as the request by some Ivy League professor for tenure. A tenure request requires months of meetings and “input”. Deliberation. Contemplation. White House politicos sit around holding meetings and deliberating and studying whether or not they think the Karzai government deserves our support—as if war strategy were some sort of trifling academic exercise. All this as American kids are dying. That reality ought not be taken so lightly. What a waste. And for what?
The will is not there to do what it takes to win.
So get out.