After having listened to our president's articulation of his vision for Afghanistan, I'm tempted to conclude that he
spoke in the grip of an induced ecstasy, one that transported him to a drastic remove from the palpable reality of
Afghanistan. What I heard was not a blueprint for winning a war against a well-trained, extensively experienced,fourth-generation guerilla enemy.
Rather, it was a palliative to his darling, lotus-eating, liberal enclave, which is incapable of understanding the
pragmatics of contending against an enemy that is, as is any modern guerilla resistance, in the fray for what is
strategically termed the long war." The best metrics for assessing the feasibility of any war plan are military in
nature. And it doesn't take a master of the art of war" to see there is little that is militarily feasible in Obama's
For one thing, Gen. Stanley McChrystal asked for an additional 40,000 soldiers - actually, a conservative estimate,given that Afghanistan historically has swallowed exponentially higher occupying forces. In response, Obama will
deliver - as did Bush before him - a politically correct deployment," 30,000, with no sensible rationale for the
For another thing, instead of specifying how he intends to get the job done," Obama tries to placate us by attaching a
finite timeline, about a year and a half, to our involvement. Even an obtuse monkey would ask: What's to stop the
Taliban, for whom time means nothing, from lying dormant, giving the impression they've been beaten, until the
withdrawal is completed?
More alarming, however, is Obama's seeming failure to realize that the war extends beyond the border fastness between
Afghanistan and Pakistan, well into the extremist Madrasas in Islamabad and Peshawar, which supply a perennial flow of
volunteers to the Taliban? Equally alarming is Obama's reluctance to confront Saudi Arabia, primarily a Sunni domain,which all along has been financing the Taliban, a Sunni perversion of Islam.
In all, Obama's speech to the American public was downright scary, so distanced was it from the measures needed to
achieve success - military and otherwise - in Afghanistan.
Tom Wright, Aztec