Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Quo Vadis, Obama, in Afghanistan?

Has Obama thought about what he said regarding Afghanistan? PJB has his doubts.

"We have to be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in," says Barack Obama of the U.S. war in Iraq. Wise counsel.

But is Barack taking his own advice? For he pledges to shift two U.S. combat brigades, 10,000 troops, out of Iraq and into Afghanistan, raising American forces in that country from 33,000 to 43,000.

Why does Barack think a surge of 10,000 troops will succeed in winning a war in which we have failed to prevail after seven years of fighting? How many more troops is he prepared to commit? Is the Obama commitment open-ended?

Remember that Afghanistan, politically, is the rough equivalent of a scatter-diagram--and Pakistan is a sanctuary which has nukes.

The position of C-in-C does not bear cheap promises well.

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