Saturday, December 5, 2009

Obama's war

Barack Obama stepped up and decided for ... muddling through in Afghanistan with a bonus 30,000-soldier* deployment.

The Republican response to President Obama's escalation in Afghanistan is, as usual, full of bullshit. There's just nothing Obama could have said that would have pleased them. They want an exit strategy sometimes. Sometimes - now, for instance - they don't.

That's not what's important, though. What's important is the escalation and whether it's a good idea or a bad one. Mostly it seems like splitting the difference, playing down the middle, and it's hard for me to believe that's the right way to make good decisions. It seems like triangulation, and we all know how well that worked out for Bill Clinton.

I'm still trying to figure out what I think about this policy change. My reflex is against it, but on the other hand, this was the justifiable war the Bushists fought - y'know the war against the actual people who attacked us on 9/11. The question, really, is whether we can still hope to accomplish anything commensurate with the blood and treasure we'll have to spend there.

And, of course, Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan, to which the Bushists allowed him to escape.

Anyhow, more to follow...

* Yes, I know that Marines want their own noun that they don't have to share with the Army, but they're soldiers too. Kick-ass soldiers.

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