Thursday, December 03, 2009

Troops to Afghanistan

December 2,2009

Watching and listening to O'Bama's speech on sending additional troops to Afghanistan. Thirty thousand more GIs to do.........what? The object in going to Afghanistan in the first place was to avenge the 9/11 terror attacks by rooting out al Qaeda and killing bin Laden. We didn't get Osama but we did drive the al Qaeda out of the country. Mission accomplished! What else?

We've extended our concerns in Afghanistan. Now we want to secure the cities, kick out the Taliban, train the Afghan army. It is like Vietnam and the reasons for our presence are not that much different. Johnson said that if we didn't defend democracy in Vietnam the dominoes would fall in Southeast Asia. That turned out to be wrong. O'Bama says that if he didn't believe Afghanistan/Pakistan was a threat to America's security he would gladly bring the troops home immediately. Where's the difference? The predicament is the same. O'Bama's morphing into George Bush.

We went into Iraq without invitation to free the Iraqi people from the yoke of Saddam Hussein. His bogus nuclear weapons were our excuse to invade.We dispatched Saddam and no nuclear weapons were found. Okay..... mission accomplished!! Why are we still there?

The impression in Iraq was that there was no long term agenda. American troops were not fighting any actual battles with decisive results but just hanging around dodging car bombs and IEDs. The troop casualties began to mount one IED at a time. The press was watching and counting. Frustrations with the war increased as the price accelerated until it became a political hot potato.

Here we go again in Afghanistan.


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