If there is one thing the Right and the Left should be able to agree on; it’s that we should have abandoned Afghanistan a long time ago. Every time I read about another death of American or NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, my blood boils. I am outraged and I don’t understand why more Americans aren’t outraged, too. Why aren’t the anti-war Left marching in the streets? Oh, right. They have one of their own sitting in the White House calling the shots. And, why isn’t the Right demonstrating their disgust for the way our valiant soldiers are being wasted in this “politically correct” war on terror in Afghanistan? Apparently we learned nothing from the Korean War or the Vietnam War or from the Gulf War. When you can’t tell the enemy from the “friendlies”, you can not trust the so-called”friendlies”! Period! You must plan your strategies and tactics accordingly.
If this story related by Mark Steyn at National Review Online doesn’t make you want to scream in anger, I don’t know what will.
The pitiful self-inflicted tragedy of the West’s “strategy” in Afghanistan is summed up in this opening sentence:
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A newly recruited Afghan village policeman opened fire on his American allies on Friday, killing two US service members minutes after they handed him his official weapon in an inauguration ceremony.
There’s nothing clever or sophisticated about this attack. You don’t have to plot, or disguise yourself, or break into a secure facility. They come to you, to your village. They even give you money. And then they give you the gun. And then you shoot them.
How often does it have to happen that our brave men and women or those of our allies die at the hands of those we are “training” to keep the peace after we are gone? TOO DAMN MANY! We can not force this primitive culture to immolate ours and we sure as hell should not be putting our soldiers at risk while we are trying to do the impossible. They didn’t sign up for that. They deserve much better from our leaders.
In the opinion of this humble observer, the blame lays at the feet of George W. Bush. Barrack Obama has, for the most part, only continued the Bush policies. Let¡s go back to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. How did Bush respond? Well, he declared that to protect our rights he would have to take away some of our rights. He gave us the unpatriotic Patriot Act and now we live under the tyranny of the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA. Thank you, George. Then this President Bush declares war on “terrorism”. Way to go, George. You created the perfect war; one that will never end. And, now US territory has been declared one of the battle fields in this war on terror. Now, with bipartisan support, Americans can be detained indefinitely as terrorist suspects with no rights to due process. All of that thanks to you, George.
In my opinion, Bush should have declared war om Afghanistan for harboring the Taliban who were harboring al Qaeda who were harboring bin Laden. We should have done exactly what we did do for the first two years; hunt down and kill as many Taliban and al Qaeda as possible. We then should have destroyed every institution of the Afghan government and then poisoned every single poppy field and then come home and left the vermin to fight among themselves as they have for the last 1400 years. Mission accomplished!
If President Obama wanted to do one decent thing in his first (and hopefully last) term, he should bring our troops home NOW! There is absolutely nothing this nation is going to gain by continuing this war that is worth one more drop of American blood.
Okay. My rant is over. I hope you didn’t mind too much.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?