The Afghanistan Escalation: It's On
And what for? Why should more American soldiers die? Bin Laden's not there--Bush let him escape long ago. We'll never wipe out the Taliban because they can always duck over the border into Pakistan and wait. The oil pipeline has been a bit of a boondoggle, but in any case probably doesn't need our protection, certainly not 30,000+ lives' worth. We have no real reason to be there. Even if we conquered it, we couldn't hold it without having to keep throwing masses of troops down Death's throat. And it drains not just lives but treasure, which is needed far more urgently to fix this country before it's strangled to death by the necessary debts that we're racking up just to forestall civil collapse and chaos, far beyond the wars we shouldn't be fighting. And this will, according to NBC last night, leave our standing troop strength at a bit more than 20,000, vastly unprepared for an emergency, and a lot else.
There isn't a single real reason for us to be there, so why multiply the mistake?
Someone has told Obama this will be an easy way to appear strong on defense. Perhaps he's doing this as a concession to the conservatives, in hopes that now they'll stop being an obstacle to his domestic agenda(whatever the hell that is apart from health care). As usual, he curries the favor of people who will not repay it, and the support of people who will not vote for him. Because he assumes the people who voted for him last time, like myself, have no viable alternative, so he doesn't have to do anything to maintain said vote. Not that he's noticing people vote out of motivation, not duty. A sense of helplessness and entropy doesn't make for good voter turnout.
It's a mistake, and no longer someone else's. Before, we had evil people who had no idea what they were doing. Now we have nice ones doing the same. And when this is all done we'll have been in that country at least a decade. Even the Soviets knew to quit before that, and it still killed them. What will it do to us? Or are we already seeing it?
Labels: afghanistan, obama, war