The Afghanistan Quagmire

When George W. Bush set the plans in motion to invade Afghanistan to attack Al Queda, nearly everyone was on board.  The authorization by Congress for the invasion of Afghanistan was 420-1 in the House and 98-0 in the Senate.  Funding was no problem.  Everyone wanted a butt to be kicked swiftly after 9/11, and the Taliban had their trousers firmly planted around their ankles.

The action in Afghanistan was quick and decisive.  The problem with Afghanistan does not originate with US intervention.  The problems stem from NATO intervention.

The troops allocated to Afghanistan by our NATO allies have been few.  They have been poorly equipped.  Even the British contingent is short of equipment, especially helicopters, to help resupply troops at FOBs (Forward Operating Bases).  Even the US troops are having troubles getting the equipment needed to secure victory.

One reason George W. Bush asked NATO to take over operations in Afghanistan was so the US could have more troops to attack Saddam Hussein.  Unfortunately, we didn’t use enough of the troops, and we ended up mired in an insurgent campaign.  But the US always made progress, and the NATO forces were effective at maintaining a status quo.  Unfortunately, the status quo let the Taliban squeak back in.  US commanders are asking for more troops.

What’s absolutely stunning is Obama’s insistence on making the War in Afghanistan his war.  What has he done to accelerate victory in Afghanistan?  Nothing.  There are no new troops.  There’s no clear strategy.  Effectively, he’s holding onto failure there with both hands, and his lack of action is putting the entire operation at risk.  Not to mention his campaign stances to attack Pakistan, and that hasn’t helped much at all.

Obama is sinking fast with independents and Democrats.  He’s alienated the Blue Core by backpedaling on health care (but he’s devising his own health care plan?) and now he’s looking to alienate as many independents as possible through inaction on Afghanistan and turning that into Iraq circa 2004.


7 Responses to “The Afghanistan Quagmire”

  1. 1 Karen
    September 16, 2009 at 1:16 am

    We wouldn’t be in a quagmire in Afghanistan right now if Bush hadn’t cut and run. It was not swift and decisive, anything but. Bin Laden just issued a statement, in case you hadn’t heard, and it was Bush’s incompetence that allowed bin Laden to escape – according to CIA field commanders and according to John McCain.

    • 2 docattheautopsy
      September 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

      Karen, you’re a classic case of the internet nutjob liberal who finds a conservative blog, finds a topic by title then goes off on a tangental tirade.

      Read my post. You’ll find that I’m hitting Bush for letting NATO take over. Then I hit NATO for not doing a damn thing.

      As for “letting Bin Laden escape”, what’s done more damage to the anti-terrorism mission, letting Bin Laden go (a man who’s been particularly marginalized since 9/11) or the NYT exposing the secret NSA wiretap function, a legal data-sifter that intercepted calls to and from the USA from terrorists?

  2. 3 Karen
    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I don’t know, I’d say outing a CIA agent working on Iran’s nuclear capabilities caused some damage. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4890.htm

    Not to mention at least a dozen million illegals coming in under Bush’s watch.

  3. September 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    You’ll find that I’m hitting Bush for letting NATO take over. Then I hit NATO for not doing a damn thing.:D:D

  4. 6 cotbow
    November 26, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Darn Bush! Darn Nato for not killing dem effectively enough!

    You are so right, words fail.

  5. 7 Matt R.
    November 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Moyer always grouses.
    He groused on Somalia, Kosovo, Gaza, Lebanon, Desert Storm, basically anytime anyone finds need to take up arms, fat, warm, well-fed Bill dips his ivory tower in ink and writes.
    Nice to interview all those famous people in his climate controlled studio.
    I’m sure everyone with a a warehouse of AK-47’s is wondering what Bill thinks.
    He, like his mealticket, whoops I mean “audience” of armchair-diplomats have it all figured out.

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