(Note–I wrote this essay knowing that some of my valued blog readers may fully disagree with me, and that’s okay. But I have been thinking about this subject matter for some time now and it is not without some careful thought, deliberation, and even a spot of trepidation that I came up with this post.)
As we absorb and mourn the loss of 31 of America’s finest individuals in Afghanistan, it appears it is time to do some deep soul searching about what we expect to get out of this war. Don’t get me wrong here, many who have read my writings over the years back at PYY know fully well that I have supported the U.S. efforts to defeat terrorists wherever they may hide. You also know that I do not make a practice of criticizing the efforts we are undertaking in military operations where troops are in harm’s way, due to the opportunity for enemies both at home and abroad to use these words as propaganda. But there always comes a point, when we must take a moral stand to do what is best for our country and for those who are taking the bullets for what we perceive to be the noble cause. They follow the orders, they have no voice but us.
In the beginning of the operation, not long after the WTC attack, we had a duty to go into Afghanistan to remove the Taliban from political power and make every effort to kill or capture the perpetrator of that heinous attack, Osama bin Ladin. Because of the sensitive nature of that mission, I limited my public online criticisms so as not to create the perception that Americans were not behind the effort. Most were, as was I. But privately I was concerned.
After the relative ease in which the cowards fled Kabul and slipped back into Pakistan, the objective was switched from removal from power to nation building. It was easy to slip into that mindset because we didn’t want a vacuum that would allow the bums back in, making our sacrifices there for nothing.
As we can recall from recent history, the Soviets unsuccessfully tried to build a socialist puppet nation there back in the 1980s with overwhelming brutal force. Now in hindsight, we realize the time to have built that nation was right after our aid to the Muhajadeen caused the Soviet forces to pack up and leave. As an analysis, we hailed it as the USSR’s Vietnam and called it even with them, from a military standpoint. But where we screwed up badly was by promising we would rebuild that country afterward and not doing it. They never forgot it and now we find ourselves in a bitter war for the hearts and minds of a nation that has never been accepting of western style culture or democracy. Iraq has been easier in a sense, because even though it is a Muslim country, Saddam was primarily a Stalinist secular leader. Only until he had quarrels with the U.S. did he employ the theological rationale as a cause to defend his regime.
Today, we have been forced to turn the focus back to Afghanistan because that is where the central fight has been moved after the Islamists failed to take over Iraq (up to this point). It is what Barack Obama said during the 2008 presidential campaign was the important war. And it is now the front where many of us who have been supportive of this effort from day one are now struggling, to see what the objective is. I have not condemned Obama for using drones in Pakistan, I am glad that Osama has been killed as a punishment for starting this war. But I now am struggling to find an objective and waiting for the Administration to outline one.
I am also waiting for Code Pink, who screamed bloody murder at the tops of their lungs during the Bush Administration, to come forward and do what they did then, to this Administration. I am also waiting for the complicit Left Wing media to ask some tough questions of this President and lead the news with the same intensity and ferocity as they did when Bush was CIC. Where is the principle in their ideology, if they do not do this?
If we do not ask these questions now and bring this up for reasonable debate, what will we expect to gain from continuing this fight? How many more soldiers can we expect to come home in bags, without a clear cut objective and the will to make every effort to meet it?
In June, the Administration foolishly announced to the world and the Taliban that we would be drawing down soon. We told them all and obviously didn’t expect that as a dangerous and capable enemy that they would capitalize on this. Common sense would usually dictate that if you want to draw down a force (for whatever reason), you would not announce it on the nightly news. If you had an ounce of brains at all, you would just do it quietly. methodically, and surely. But no one has ever been able to find any evidence of any brains in any part of Obama’s Administration, as is evidenced by the resumes of his cronies he hired.
Here we sit in the midst of a war that is draining the American coffers at a time when America already owes trillions of dollars and has been downgraded from AAA. We are eating up money that is yielding nothing in the way of resources that can help with our interests. There is nothing that says we cannot defend our nation from terror threats by winding this down.
Hell, the people there do not even appreciate what we are doing for them. Why should we keep draining the best people we could know and putting them into this position, when we have a Defense Department that has no plan to win and a President that will be more concerned with his own interests than that of the country.
So with all of this said now, I am prepared to look out for what I think is now best for my country. Time to stop sending our men and women into a meat grinder with no plane or strategy, or a will to win. And by saying these things, it means I am now saying openly that I think it is time to Rethink Afghanistan.
This does not mean that I am not supportive of killing terrorists before they kill us, this does not mean that I am against killing them where they live. This certainly does not mean that I support anti-military groups like Code Pink and the idiot Michael Moore. It means that either we rethink this thing to come up with a plan to get this thing on the right track where we have some real measurable results, or we get our asses back here and seal this nation up, defending it like it should be defended.
Rethinking does not necessarily mean withdraw now, it means to either defecate or get off of the pot. It means come up with something real and concrete…. it means making things happen, not just waiting for something to happen so we can act. It means win or come home.