Is Afghanistan Obama’s War?
Is Afghanistan Obama’s War?
The Wall Street Journal doesn’t think so, but they make some interesting points.
The Wall Street JournalRepublicans should resist the reflex that all opposition parties have, which is to oppose the stands of a president of the other party because he is a member of the other party. In this instance, President Obama has acted in a way that advances America's national security interests and its deepest values. Republicans should say so. As things become even more difficult in Central Asia, it's important to keep bad political patterns we have seen before from re-emerging.
My personal opinion about war is that we need to turn the corner in regards to how we have projected military power globally in the past, and return to being a nation that is what it once was many moons ago.
There was a time in American history that we were consumed with minding our own business, and the reach of American military might was restricted to those nations who compelled Congress to convene and formally declare war against.
What happens when a nation declares war on another nation, is that it becomes an act of treason to undermine the war effort until the war is finished, and it is understood that extra-ordinary efforts can and should be taken to secure victory and nothing short of it.
I agree with the overall assessment of Dan Senor and Peter Wehner that it is wrong to play political games with a war. They rightly point out the treachery of the Democratic Party for actively attempting to subvert a war in progress, and that of those Republicans considering the political mileage they can garnish by dragging a President with no political will to finish a war he didn’t ask for or start, through the mud.
The root cause is President Bush’s failure to Constitutionally address the post 9/11 threat, for reasons that I am frankly unable to comprehend; specifically in regards to Afghanistan. All he had to do was turn to Congress and he would have assuredly secured a formal declaration of war, but he did not. He did not and we are now dealing with a mess because we have allowed politics to become a factor because we are focused on our leaders rather than the goal of the will of the people to secure victory at any cost.
I am a soldier and I believe in winning every conflict we engage ourselves in, or else we should never consider any other options no matter how easy the fix may seem. Yes, Afghanistan was a stunning and easy victory militarily. We had the cooperation of the international community because they all understood that we were completely justified in toppling the Taliban, but in the end I fear we have failed to walk away when we could have and should have.
Part of the problem is that we stick around to rebuild nations we have conquered. The goal of war should be the total annihilation of the enemy, and that means dismantling the nation to rubble and ruins. Or else, we should not consider going to war in the first place. Either we face an enemy so threatening to the Republic that it requires the brutality of war and everything that that ensues, or we should not commit ourselves to starting what we don’t have the heart and will to finish.
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