A most sensible observation I heard recently: “Wars are not ended. They are either won or lost.”
The president’s speech yesterday in which he announced a force reduction in Afghanistan then morphed into campaign mode was vintage Obama. Blah-Blah-Blah. The college professor proclaiming his rules for good living, which centered on you guessed it, kumbaya! Unicorns and good feelings all around, guided by an all-knowing, all-caring government bureaucracy.
Now back to Afghanistan. We are left with the realization that those troops left behind in Afghanistan will be facing an enemy that knows when we will leave. Our troops will have lesser strength, lower morale, reduced support from home (we’re pulling out, aren’t we?). This will be deadly. I personally don’t much like the way this war has been waged and would like to see us pull out abruptly and leave that bastard Karzai and his corrupt bunch of thieves to face the Taliban alone. But if we’re going to stay, it is wrong to dribble out. We should pull troops out of Germany and send them to reinforce the troops in Afghanistan, kick butt in Pakistan and win the war, then pull out.
Treating a war as a re-election campaign problem is immoral at the least. When the lives of our troops are sacrificed for political gain, that is criminal.