Monday, November 30, 2009
Winning in Afghanistan
There is a lot of speculation, anger, and anxiety about what the President is going to say tomorrow on the war with Afghanistan. The anger is from both sides of the political spectrum. The left because they believed that he was going to get us out (the didn't pay attention during the campaign) and the right because he took too long to essentially agree with the generals that we could really use somewhere between 30 and 40,000 troops (reported to be 35,000). Unfortunately he is not going to say what I think he should say. I believe that the war is not lost yet. I would send the additional troops, maybe even more than 40,000 (Russia had at the height of their war 100,000 and that got them control of the cities). I would also publicly arrest President Karzai and all of the ministers and start over with an occupation government. Then we need to do what President Bush promised; rebuild the country, educate the population (men and women), bring rights to the women, and create an environment where a decent government can be established. I do not think that we should continue supporting a government that ranks #2 on the list of most corrupt governments. We probably shouldn't be supporting Iraq at #5 either (we are told that that war is winding down).