POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Afghanistan … there is no real exit strategy because we never should have been there in the first place

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 6, 2011



from a NYT editorial (9/6/11) …

  • A minimally successful end to the Afghan war depends on weakening the Taliban militarily and helping Afghanistan build up a government that won’t implode as soon as American troops are gone.
  • President George W. Bush gave the war — and the rebuilding — shockingly short shrift.
  • President Obama has devoted far more troops and resources, and the United States and NATO have made progress in clearing militants from southern strongholds and building up Afghan security forces.

we are skeptical that the administration has a comprehensive strategy

to help build up a government

that Afghans would be willing to fight for.

read the entire editorial at … http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/opinion/the-clock-is-ticking-on-afghanistan.html?adxnnl=1&ref=opinion&adxnnlx=1315292423-PQLIrNS1cQrUh2GPq6g+MA



That’s because there is no strategy possible to accomplish an impossible goal. The British, the Russians, and now the U.S. have tried to make Afghanistan into something it is not.

The Bush invasion was ill-motivated and ill-planned. He should have gone after bin Laden and al Qaeda, not tried to build a country that does not want outsiders to build it.

Obama, who did get bin Laden after Bush failed,  is doing the best he can to get out while not insulting the incredible military performance or putting our soldiers at even greater risk.

But neither he, nor anyone else except the Afghans themselves can “build up a government that won’t implode.”

Republicans will criticize Obama for what are obviously Bush’s mistakes. We should consider the source, and move on to problems we can solve, which Republicans will also oppose for strictly political reasons.



2 Responses to “* Afghanistan … there is no real exit strategy because we never should have been there in the first place”

  1. Chris said

    Lew what I find interesting is how the U.S. Congress has supported and spent billions of money defending Afghanistan from Russia. Then we spend billions more destroying it. Now they spend billions to rebuild and put up a western style democracy. Can we really be so naive?

    • Lew Weinstein said

      It is not only interesting. It is disgusting. And it will in the end have accomplished nothing but the expenditure of trillions and many deaths and injuries of good men and women. We were right to go after bin Laden, but so totally wrong to expand that operation into an attempt to control the Taliban in Afghanistan. Not our job. Not a job we were capable of. Foolish and stupid.

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