Having failed to defeat the Taliban, we are declaring victory and getting out. And here’s the victory, as articulated at the NATO Summit today in Chicago by President Obama:
“Our Forces broke the Taliban’s momentum.”
So that’s what war is about: breaking the enemy’s momentum.
As a resident of Washington’s Northern Virginia suburbs, I was rooting for the Washington Capitals hockey team to defeat the New York Rangers in the playoffs. The Rangers went up 3-2 in the series. The Caps then evened it at 3-3.
THEY HAD BROKEN THE RANGERS’ MOMENTUM!! SUCCESS!
Well, the Rangers won the final game and took the series 4-3. They advanced to the next round of the playoffs. And the Caps are at home now, and they have the rest of the spring and the entire summer to celebrate having broken the Rangers’ momentum.
Obama and his NATO lapdogs said today that the Afghan army will take the lead role in 2013 and, but for a token force, we’ll be out by 2014.
This is merely the implementation of the plan hatched in the White House in early 2011, without input from the military, to get out no matter what, according to the New York Times.
When the president and a half-dozen White House aides began to plan for the withdrawal, the generals were cut out entirely . . . By early 2011, Mr. Obama had seen enough. He told his staff to arrange a speedy, orderly exit from Afghanistan. This time there would be no announced national security meetings, no debates with the generals. Even Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton were left out until the final six weeks.
Obama never agreed to the type of surge Bush used to win the war in Iraq, sending some 50,000 troops fewer than the generals thought adequate to win in Afghanistan. That’s why Obama decided to scale back our ambitions to “breaking the Taliban’s momentum,” despite running in 2008 on the idea that Afghanistan was “the good war” and should be fought accordingly.
Another “evolved” position.
Modern Democrats always talk about good wars and bad wars. But really, they don’t have the stomach to fight any wars.
And so we will leave in a couple of years, and the Taliban – which was alerted just like everyone else of our plans to get out – is staying on the field of play and will soon regain its momentum.
Just like the Rangers.
Of course, we pledged today to continue supporting Afghanistan – I guess that means financially and morally. We pledged the same thing to the South Vietnamese before we cut their funds off.
I hope at least the roof of the embassy in Kabul is being reinforced to handle helicopters.