President Obama Turning Afghanistan Into Another American Vietnam
President Obama accepting General Stanley McChrystal's resignation over his statements reported in Rolling Stone magazine was done so just to save political face. General McChrystal speaking out was a wake-up call to Congress and Americans about the Obama administration's mishandling of the Afghanistan government and war. General McChrystal is Obama's second general to be relieved from command in Afghanistan.
General McChrystal stood up for U.S. Troops on the ground in Afghanistan. General McChrystal's words brought world attention to the Obama-Biden administration's failing Afghanistan policies. Now Congress and Americans have to take a for-real look at Obama's overall plans for the Afghanistan government and building the Afghanistan army. His words also block's Obama from pointing his finger at Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and laying any failures or troop losses solely on him. Now the Obama administration's credibility is soundly on the line for Afghanistan and its future. Now there will be no cut and run for President Obama and his supporters; not after almost ten years of war and over a trillion U.S. tax dollars.
Vietnam was a Washington-run political war, it was politically lost. U.S. troops won that war everyday they were on the Battlefield only to have politicians in Washington cut and run denying our troops a victory.
After President Obama announced General Petraeus would be in charge of his Afghanistan war plan, national media groups like CNN and Fox spent the day praising Obama. They called Obama's decision nothing short of brilliant. Americans remember a 2007 advertisement in the New York Times by democrats stating "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" plus, then Senator Obama denouncing General Petraeus and his war plan for Iraq and a heavy dose of Bush bashing.
How times have changed. Now it's up to General Petraeus to save President Obama and Vice President Biden's political backside from losing control of the Afghanistan war.
President Obama's new war plan for Afghanistan however; will not destroy the Taliban or Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist group. Nor will President Obama's war plan secure Afghanistan's government within a year as his stated plans are to start pulling U.S. troops out in July 2011. President Obama's Afghanistan war plan over the next year will unfortunately add around 5,000 more U.S. troop casualties and three times that many with severe injuries.
President Obama and Vice President Biden have given al-Qaeda and Taliban forces a year to prepare for U.S. and NATO troops buildup in Afghanistan. They were not ready to deal with Afghanistan in 2009. Obama's Afghanistan war plan as it stands now, does however have all the historical ingredients in place and earmarks of another U.S. Custer last stand.
It's a fact, over the past year Iran has been training al-Qaeda and Taliban forces for the Afghanistan show down. Iran is arming these terrorist groups and others with more powerful, armor-piercing, roadside bombs. Reports coming in now are stating these roadside bombs are taking a heavy toll on U.S. troops.
For decades, our federal government has had in place a no-fly order between America and North Korean citizens. That order should be in place now between America and Middle Eastern countries that support or harbor terrorist groups within their borders. That would stop major terrorist cell group members from entering America and the free-world at will as they are now. Ask yourself why has America and free-world governments not enacted this kind of no-fly policy for Middle Eastern countries?
General Stanley McChrystal may be a four star general, but he's a five star American; for his sound military leadership and service to our country and for standing up and telling it like it is as to President Obama and Vice President Biden's detached leadership and interest concerning the Afghanistan war and their not being soundly committed to destroying terrorist cells globally, period. General Stanley McChrystal is a true hero to our nation's veterans and military family.
President Obama nor Vice President Biden were prepared to deal with all the inhuman realities of waging war against Middle Eastern terrorist groups dedicated 24/7 from 9-11 to destroying America and the free-world. Our nation's top two elected leaders have let it be seen in the national media that they really do not want to deal with real military matters.
In 2009 U.S. Troops on the Afghanistan battle field watched and waited as President Obama and Vice President Biden took four months to decide what their "new" Afghanistan war plan and troop level would be. Then they were told President Obama's war plan would not take place till mid 2010. Obama and Biden should have been ready from day one in office to reinforce U.S. troops in Afghanistan ensuring the destruction of al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.
Until President Obama sends U.S. Troops into Pakistan to destroy al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, there's no way Afghanistan or America will ever be totally secured. It's past time for Washington to take the gloves off and allow our military to destroy Middle Eastern terrorist groups.
This is why our troops morale is so low and the all-volunteer Army program is not working in retaining qualified soldiers. This is also why the military has had to order U.S. Troops to serve past their enlistment time. Most all U.S. Troops today have had to serve four or more times in Iraq or Afghanistan. Some American soldiers are reported having to serve as many as seven or eight times in country.
Americans are demanding that President Obama and our elected Congress members stop all the political in-house fighting and get focused on destroying Middle Eastern terrorist groups attacking America and the free-world!
U.S. Troops will do their job for Afghanistan, now we will see if President Obama, his team and our Congress members will do their job for Afghanistan and our troops.
Mike Graham Founder United Native America
Citizen Oklahoma Cherokee Nation
Service Connected Disabled Veteran 1971-1979