Obama’s turning point

AntiWar.Com

by Philip Giraldi

09/10/09

If Obama gives McChrystal his soldiers he will be heading down the road to disaster. When reliably conservative columnist George Will calls for leaving Afghanistan, the writing is surely on the wall. Even Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Michael Mullen has conceded that the United States has effectively wasted more than seven years in Afghanistan and now has to start over, an assessment that is actually optimistic in that it presumes that there is a way to achieve success, whatever that means. Obama can read the tea leaves as well as anyone. Will he do an LBJ and, in the cowardly fashion of a politician placing party above country, support a war that he knows is lost or will he make the courageous and correct choice to speak candidly to the American people and admit that Afghanistan has been a failed US policy and that it is time to walk away? Or will he adopt a third way that is neither fish nor fowl, going with the status quo and supporting current troop levels and funding, even though he knows to do so is futile, in the hope that he will not be labeled as the president who ‘lost’ Afghanistan?


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To escalate the escalation?

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by Ivan Eland

09/09/09

The debate rages among experts on whether to escalate the escalation of Barack Obama’s ‘war of necessity’ in Afghanistan — seemingly oblivious to American public opinion at home that has turned against waging the conflict at all. During even the best of times, Washington can be isolated from the rest of the country and world. Now the imperial city — and most of the politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who run it — seems to be reenacting an episode of the incomprehensible television series Lost...

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