Afghanistan

Lately the president has been indecisive about Afghanistan.

First, President Obama promises a withdraw of the troops. As the President said: “Al-Qaida and its allies have not only lost operational capacity; they’ve lost legitimacy and credibility.” So Obama claims that the terrorists have lost “operational capacity.”

But somewhat recently, General McChrystal asked for troops or else it “will likely result in failure.” And submitted a (as the NYT’s reported) “grim” 66-page report. So President Obama put it in “review.” And he’s fickle.

According to Investors Business Daily we have underestimated terrorists before.

“In the mid-1990s, al-Qaida “was small,” as Lawrence Wright described it in ‘The Looming Tower,’ his Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the terrorist group. It boasted ‘only 93 members at the time,’ but its members were ‘well trained and battle hardened’ with ‘ample resources’ and ‘fanatically committed to their cause and convinced that they would be victorious.'” Investors Business Daily October 7th, 2009

So, before this whole terrorist thing started we underestimated their threat. Then by our president saying that they’ve lost the “operational capacity,” are we underestimating again?

“Last month Wright noted on the New Yorker’s Web site that al-Qaida is once again being underestimated. Since late 2001 ‘not a single member of the shura council — the core of al-Qaida — has been captured or killed’ and ‘al-Qaida’s affiliates, especially in North Africa and Yemen, have been murderously active.’

According to Wright, ‘The fact that al-Qaida is still kicking, 21 years after its founding, is a testament to its adaptability — and to the failure of the U.S. and its allies to penetrate the organization.’

Michael Scheuer, who as chief of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden station might have caught bin Laden had the Clinton White House given the green light, told the Associated Press this week that al-Qaida likes to operate in the background. ‘When you see less and less of al-Qaida in an Islamist insurgency, it almost certainly means that it is more effective than when you saw more of it,’ he said.” Investors Business Daily October 7th, 2009

Here we can see that the answer is clear. The war isn’t over yet. But then why doesn’t Obama see this through the “grim” 66 page report, and what about what the CIA says? Well I’ll tell you, it’s because he doesn’t want to “pick sides.” He wants to please everyone. He doesn’t want to offend anyone. He’s trying not to get on either parties (or anyones for that reason) bad side.

And as Bill Cosby (love the source, eh?) said “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody”

-Ben


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