Tag Archives: Afghanistan

How Can We Win a War without Uniforms?

This week President Obama fired General Stanley McChrystal. Many asked how would we be able to win without McChrystal’s direction. My question is what constitutes winning in Afghanistan? How do you spot the enemy? We are fighting a war with people and we are the only ones wearing uniforms. We are the only ones fighting by the rules of war. Our enemy has the benefit of fighting us, getting paid by us and when things get hot simply blending back into the mosaic of their own society. We are searching for Osama Bin Laden in the friendly confines of his homeland and wondering why we can’t find him. We can’t find him because he is among friends and we are regarded as the enemy. We support a corrupt government because we fear that if we don’t the next group will be worse. So how will we recognize victory and how many lives need to be lost in pursuit of the unattainable?   In the meantime we will continue wearing our uniforms and fighting the good fight even if we are the only ones fighting it.

General McChrystal Must Go and He Should Not Be Allowed to Resign

General McChrystal will be meeting with the president tomorrow, and after that meeting he should be the former leader of the troops fighting in Afghanistan.  He has got to go. He is not so invaluable that he can not be replaced. He does not hold some secret plan in his head that only he can implement. He has got to go and he should not be allowed to resign he should be fired. Throughout the day I heard pundits say he is so valuable that he simply can not be replaced. That’s insane if something happened to him rest assured the war would still rage on so he can be replaced. He disparaged his boss and the boss’ team and for that reason he can not be allowed to stay. You try talking about your boss to your subordinates or simply send an email describing your boss as an idiot and forward it to everyone in your company. By the end of the day security will be standing at your desk as you pack your box. This is that magnified by a million. This guy has shown total disrespect for the president and he has got to go. If the president allows him to stay after this then he is a wimp.

Afghan President Karzai Threatens to Join the Taliban if We don’t Stop Pressuring Him to Reform

Look up the word ingrate in the dictionary and I am sure you will find a picture of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He recently had a “no he didn’t” moment when he threatened to join the Taliban if outsiders which include us did not stop pressuring him to reform his corrupt government. This is a government that relies on tens of thousand of U.S. and NATO forces to fight the insurgency and prop up his government and he has the audacity to bite the hand that is literally feeding him, and we can not calculate the amount of American blood that has been shed in this effort. We just committed 30,000 more lives to this effort. Thousands of young lives have been lost as we have tried to resolve this quagmire and to hear Karzai issue a not too veiled threat to the people who are actually holding his patchwork government together is not only disrespectful it is reprehensible.

Dick Cheney Accuses President Obama of “Dithering” on Afghanistan

“Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday night accused the White House of “dithering” over the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and urged President Barack Obama to “do what it takes to win. He went on to say “Make no mistake. Signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries.”* Cheney made these remarks last night while accepting an award from a conservative national security group, the Center for Security Policy. Cheney yearns for the good old days where you hit first and asked questions later. He yearns for the days when he was the president. I mean the vice-president, but we all know who was actually calling the shots in the Bush White House, and it was Cheney. President Obama does not simply act. He thinks, he reflects, and he seeks good counsel and unfortunately that was not a part of the Cheney strategy. Cheney says we need to do whatever it takes to win, but what would define a win? At this point we are not looking for a win we are looking for resolution and that will take a plan, and developing a plan is not dithering.