Posted by DrJohn on 27 October, 2010 at 10:59 am. 26 comments already!


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Obama is going to surrender in what he himself called the “war of necessity.”

“This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity,” Obama told the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars conference — cautioning that the insurgency would not be defeated overnight. “Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which Al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans.”

Tough words from the guy who did all he could to make the war fail. Now, as President, he has the ability to make the war fail, and it appears he’s doing just that. Sixteen months are those tough words, Barack Obama signaled the date of the US departure from Afghanistan to the Taliban.

On December 1, after months of careful deliberation, President Obama announced a surge strategy for Afghanistan. “As Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan,” he told an assembled crowd at West Point, and “after 18 months, our troops will begin to come home.”

Then the dismay set in.

First Pakistan was dismayed.

Add the Pakistani government to those dismayed by the Obama administration’s wavering on Afghanistan.

Shortly after that Britain became dismayed.

In an interview with The Times, Bob Ainsworth said that the Government would not follow Washington’s promise to start pulling out in 2011. “You can’t put a time on it. You’ve got to look at conditions,” he said. …

His comments reflect dismay at the highest level in the British Armed Forces about Mr Obama’s suggestion this week that US troop withdrawals would start by mid-2011. Britain expects to have substantial forces on the ground in Afghanistan for at least five or six more years.

Military commanders have warned the Americans that naming a date could be a hostage to fortune and make it harder to beat the Taleban. There are fears that talk of a withdrawal timetable will diminish the impact of the long-awaited “surge”. …

Eventually even Washington became dismayed:

The mood is dismay and grim and growing concern that America’s got its—it’s stuck its head in a hornet’s nest and doesn’t know how to get it out and still save face at the same time.

Announcing the US withdrawal date has been seen widely as a poor policy.

(CBS) Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking from Afghanistan, said this morning that President Barack Obama must clarify his July 2011 withdrawal deadline because it is hurting the war. “If the people in Afghanistan think we’re going to begin to leave in July 2011,” Graham said on on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” “we have no chance of winning a counterinsurgency. “If you send a signal to your enemies you’re going to leave at a certain date, they’ll wait until that date and wait you out.”

The Afghan Ambassador:

“First, if you over emphasize a deadline that is not realistic, you are making the enemy a lot more bold,” Jawad said. “You are prolonging the war. That deadline should be realistic. The line should be based on the reality on the ground and we should give a clear message to the enemy, to the terrorists who are a threat to everyone, that the United States, NATO, Afghans are there to finish this job.”

And a senior US General in Afghanistan:

A senior US general has warned President Barack Obama’s deadline to begin pulling troops out of Afghanistan is encouraging the Taliban. US General James Conway, head of the US Marine Corps, said the deadline was “giving our enemy sustenance”.

Richard Holbrooke announces the peace negotiations:

U.S. Special envoy Richard Holbrooke said Sunday that reconciliation talks between Karzai and Taliban leaders are not full-fledged peace negotiations but informal discussions between the two groups.

Holbrooke than makes clear Afghanistan is going the way of Vietnam:

“It’s certainly not another Vietnam, … and it is certainly not hopeless,” Holbrooke said Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Retired Major General Paul Vallely agrees:

But retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely disagrees with Holbrook’s assessment and told The Examiner that, ”it looks like the senior leadership is working for a negotiated settlement and then we will withdraw just like Vietnam.”

The Administration and some of our military commanders are “pandering to the enemy and giving a disorganized group of criminal insurgents a power they should never be granted – we’re not going to see this through and believe me we’re making a serious mistake,” said a military official in Afghanistan.

Finally, US troops have become dismayed:

A young soldier who spoke from Afghanistan via telephone questioned why he was fighting. “If we’re not here to win the war with the military, then what are we here for? I think that’s the question that the administration – if we’re not here to succeed then what are we dying for?”

Let us harken back to Obama’s words:

“I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future. That is the goal that must be achieved.
That is a cause that could not be more just.”

You know what Jim Geraghty would say…..

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