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Afghanistan: A good war goes bad
The Hill ^ | 9/22/2009 | Mark Mellman

Posted on 09/22/2009 3:56:52 PM PDT by Saije

Like wine turned to vinegar, the “good war” in Afghanistan has gone bad, creating a political minefield through which candidates will need to navigate carefully.

Not long ago, the war in Afghanistan, unlike its companion in Iraq, enjoyed wide public support, enabling Democrats to demonstrate toughness in response to terrorism. For reasons substantive and political, many complained that President George W. Bush, and the press, ignored the more important conflict there to focus on an unnecessary war in Iraq.

In the “be careful what you wish for” category, as American involvement in Iraq has begun to wind down, the war in central Asia has grabbed more headlines, leaving the American people with a less than palatable portrait. Success, the rule of law and democracy all appear uncertain, with widespread corruption apparently the only enduring verity.

Political calculation seems to favor a drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, even at the cost of “failure” — as Gen. McChrystal put the choice. A critical caveat complicates the political calculus, however.

We are not dealing with a defanged and disarmed Saddam Hussein here — we are dealing with those who did attack us on Sept. 11 and have vowed to do so again. Should another attack, planned in Afghanistan, follow an American withdrawal, the political consequences for having “lost” that country to the Taliban and al Qaeda would be catastrophic — not to mention the real consequences for our country.

Difficult choices define a dilemma.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bho44; bhodod; defeat; mhmmdnsm09222009; obama; oef; third100days; withdrawal
The war in Afghanistan was popular until a Democrat president actually had to fight and win it. Then it became unpopular and not really all that significant. Interesting how that works.
1 posted on 09/22/2009 3:56:53 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

I think you have that pretty well nailed down.


2 posted on 09/22/2009 3:59:57 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Saije

Is Mark and relations to Larry Bud?


3 posted on 09/22/2009 4:04:12 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Thanks for the memories, when Letterman was actually funny. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvert_DeForest


4 posted on 09/22/2009 4:09:15 PM PDT by tommyboy
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To: Saije

Like wine turned to vinegar, the “good war” in Afghanistan has gone bad, creating a political minefield through which candidates will need to navigate carefully.


The first line of this piece is very telling. Obama is no longer a “candidate”—he is the POTUS. He needs to lose the candidate mindset, stop the soaring rhetoric, stop posturing & preening, and start figuring out how to win the war.


5 posted on 09/22/2009 5:17:47 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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