I watched President Oblunder’s speech to the West Point Cadets, and I was struck by the violation of a fundamental precept of war – never tell your opponent what you are going to do. Yes, 30,000 of our soldiers will land in Afghanistan, but will be withdrawn by the summer of 2011 (just in time for the elections, I might add). At no time were the words “victory” or “win” used in this speech.
Another speech by the Campaigner in Chief, which puts our soldiers in harm’s way with no purpose with an apology for America’s mistakes and a backhanded swipe at the previous administration for doing their job in keeping America safe. The naiveté of the academic mind of Oblunder, which is not based in reality, is becoming rapidly apparent even to his most rabid supporters.
What I predict will happen is this: The troops will land in Afghanistan, and the attacks from the Taliban & Al Qaeda will diminish. If they are smart (and they are), the Taliban & Al Qaeda leaders will step down their attacks to give the appearance that the additional troops are having the desired effect. The politicians will declare victory, and the troops would be withdrawn on schedule. Then the Taliban & Al Qaeda leaders will come out of hiding and essentially take over the country, probably after the US elections. Should Oblunder be re-elected, it would be doubtful that the US would redeploy troops to Afghanistan. Remember – the Taliban & Al Qaeda are in this for the long haul.
Yes, our troops would be out of Afghanistan and safe, but the Afghan people would be the ones paying for the shortsightedness of our political leaders. And if history repeats itself, things weren’t very good with the Taliban in charge.
What Oblunder has revealed to our enemies is that not only is he a naive politician, but a weak one as well. And they have nothing to fear from a toothless tiger that only roars.