See, you know, this is why people get frustrated with Obama.
Is it really clear to anyone what the goal is in Afghanistan, other than to tidy the place up enough so we can get the Hell out?
Here’s what President Obama told the troops during his visit there over the weekend.
This part of the world is the center of a global effort where we are going to disrupt and dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies. And that’s why you’re here. That’s why your mission matters so much. That’s why you must succeed.
So, this sounds pretty good. It sounds like we are going for the win. Al Qaeda’s “extremists allies,” whom we want to “dismantle and defeat,” must be the Taliban. We want to spike the ball hard in Mullah Omar’s end zone.
Only thing is, this is not generally the rationale Obama gives for the war. When he’s not talking to the people who have to do the fighting, this is what he says – repeatedly: We want to break the Taliban’s momentum. The quote below happens to be from remarks he made at the NATO summit in Lisbon last month.
With the additional resources that we’ve put in place we’re now achieving our objective of breaking the Taliban’s momentum and doing the hard work of training Afghan security forces and assisting the Afghan people.
And I want to thank our allies who committed additional trainers and mentors to support the vital mission of training Afghan forces. With these commitments I am confident that we can meet our objective.
There’s no mention to our frightened allies about kicking anybody’s ass. We’re just there to “break the Taliban’s momentum.” That is, we want to get them to fourth down so they’ll punt to Karzai, and hopefully that sad sack of corruption can score on his own.
Or perhaps just get them to third down. Or something else. Who the Hell knows what it means to break your enemy’s “momentum?” Maybe they’ll still be getting first downs, just not as fast.
To fight a war, you need clear goals, a plan to WIN, and ALL the resources needed for victory.
We don’t have any of this, and we are throwing the lives of our bravest young – not to mention middle aged – men and women at a strategy that is headed toward failure.
I guess Obama can always blame Bush and the Afghanis.