A wise man once said that you should never enter a war that you don’t have the will to win. President Obama finds himself the unfortunate elected of a party which hasn’t possessed the will to win a fight since WWII and that thinks the only good war America’s ever fought was the Civil War.
Obama is now left with no good options. Should he escalate the troop levels in Afghanistan, he will anger a large portion of the people that voted for him–about 51% of Democrats are strongly against another surge in Afghanistan.
More troops would be good–if we planned to use them correctly. We won’t, because we don’t believe anymore that we can win wars by killing the enemy. So we’ll again win virtually every tactical engagement and lose the war. We want true fairy tales: We can win wars by just talking. No, we can’t. The talking’s long been over by the time bullets start flying.
We’ve surged three times since the Afghan war started, and Obama can still only blame Bush for the situation there now. Obama must take responsibility for this war. The Bush administration rightly placed Afghanistan on the back burner, while continuing to fight in Iraq. There’s simply almost nothing to be gained by an over application of resources there. Using Afghanistan as a vote-getting pry bar has backfired on Obama: He’s now locked in to a war that he cannot escape from. His hyperbole has him trapped. The only chance of ending the war–short of simply removing all US involvment (not an option), is politically incorrect warfare–the only kind that’s ever proven effective against hardened insurgents.
And here’s the kicker: Other than Iraq, the only full-scale insurgency that America’s fought–The Philipine-American War– points in the exact opposite direction of the one our fighting forces head in now: Brutality works. Sad but true. When the First Philipine Republic’s insurgent muslims commenced to guerrilla warfare, America upped the ante and revved up her gatling guns. American soldiers stopped taking prisoners and started burning villages. After hearing of American ferocity, many Filipinos began surrendering instead of fighting. And the Filipino insurgents outnumbered today Taliban by 3 or 4 to 1. Yet we won that war in 3 years.
If we’re won’t fight to win–and we won’t–we should pull out most of the troops, stop telling lies about building a better Afghanistan, and be done with it. We should never again enter into a war that history tells us only overwhelming force can win.
It appears 25,000 poorly trained and equipped fighters will defeat this administration. Hillary in 2012?