In Afghanistan, we cannot recommit ourselves to a “counterinsurgency” strategy that has already failed.
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We can stay in Afghanistan for another year or another century. But nothing in the nation-building-cum-counterinsurgency strategy will change the facts that dominate Afghanistan and its neighbors Pakistan and Iran. And no matter how long we stay, no matter how many American lives are sacrificed while they tinker with the flavor of their secret sauce for counterinsurgency, it will end as it is ending now, in failure.
Obama is right in pulling our forces out of Afghanistan. The slow pace of withdrawal is timed politically, to delay the public consequences beyond 2016, but in that calculation he may not succeed. We have accomplished nothing that will last much past our withdrawal, whether it comes next year or some time later. The only question is what we do afterward?
None of Obama’s foreign policy team — Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary, John Brennan as Director of Central Intelligence, and John Kerry as Secretary of State — will want to take any action to prevent the resurgence of Afghanistan-based terrorism. They won’t want to act decisively to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons. And, most of all, they don’t want to defeat the global threat of Islamism.
As former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is fond of saying, weakness is provocative. Nation-building is the biggest mistake we have made since 9/11. Because of it, we are much weakened and our enemies are stronger.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online